I’ve been an artist all my life. I didn’t take the prescribed road of going to art school. Instead I studied the classics (dead white men) of western thought. After that, came to N.M. and studied with Jorge Fick. Taking away everything except a 2B pencil he set about teaching me to draw, successfully, I might add. Later he gave me an eraser.
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The next big thing was meeting a mouse and feeling like this was my true medium. Leaving brushes behind I began to make movies and draw on the computer. Now I am rediscovering the analog world, integrating drawing, painting and pixels and discovering the iPad as a drawing and content creation device.
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I also make paper dolls, stickers, do video installations and SFX for movies.
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little guy Little Guy Drawings — The images in this series came to me one at a time, popping into my head completely formed and then I had to draw them. Altogether they construct a pictorial narrative of the workings of my inner processing during a time of transition. They are small and detailed, and the creation process involves both analog and electronic drawing.
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4” by 6” mixed media
little guy Mannequins — These are people from other realms. You don’t know who they are, or what worlds they inhabit. They hail from the far reaches of the collective imagination. Some of the images have been animated into slow moving loops, motionless moments from distant yet possible futures. The source material ranges from synthetic to extremely diverse captured sources, pixel mashed.
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The still images are 27” x 36” archival inkjet prints Limited edition of 10
The animations are presented on large flat panel LCDs.
movie link Littles — These images continue my exploration into other worlds, now using photographically based content. Though based in “real” content, these images become totally synthetic, allowing me to probe the diminutive and mysterious, manipulating them to reveal the amazing drama, humor and inscrutability inherent in these scenes.
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They are printed in archival, large format, limited editions, minimum size 27” x 20”.
little guy iPad Abstracts — These images reveal my exploration of the wide-ranging reach of the iPad. This includes photography, native-to-the-device drawing and drawing on paper, image manipulation, 3D graphics and the imaginative, unbounded combination of all these methodologies. Sometimes the work feels sculptural, almost physical as one manipulates the image elements directly with ones fingers. The inclusion of all these techniques under one roof, available at the touch of a finger, is new and it has become a fully integrated component of the creative process.
little guy Small Series — This series includes some “mini” series that were done during travels, from collected items. In the Morelia, CVS and Puerto series content was collected from the streets of the city, advertising, packaging and my own photos. In the Flower Mash series, I took a photo of each of the flowers on the grounds of the beachside hotel and used them to make a tropical mix.
icon drawins link Icons — These drawings are part of a developing vocabulary of images to be used in drawings and movies. They are what Plato refers to as εἶδος forms of objects. They represent our, or really, my idea of a dog or a chair. They are imbued with the aura of thought. They are most real without being real at all.
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I let the deep reaches of the collective unconscious speak through the mark of the crayon. The drawings started as tiny pen and ink thought drawings. They were ingested into the electronic world, processed and spit out again, increased in size twenty-fold. Then the painting began. One of a kind, mixed media on archival paper. 17” x 22”
installations link Installations — This link connects to nine video installations. In all of these, the movie itself is just one component of an complete sculptural installation. Live action performance has recently become an additional component. Older movies are archived here.
iphone drawings link iDrawings — The iPad provides a perfect merging ground for the hand drawn line and electronic media. This series moves from the initial iPhone drawings, into the more accomplished, higher resolution iPad images. They are not computer generated or manipulated. They are done directly on the device, with commonly available software and my finger. Printed archivally using pigment ink and rag paper in signed and numbered limited editions. More drawings are archived here.
puppets Puppet Dolls — These puppet dolls embody the fun stuff from childhood play that we want to have in the studio while they are, no doubt, parts of the self that need to be made manifest. They do have a character of simplicity while still manifesting the enjoyment of working with material. Perhaps one day they will star in a movie. In the meantime, they can play on their own. Sometimes they travel with me. Some of them have gotten us in trouble.
little guy ARCHIVED: Little Guys — (click the image to the left to view) These diminutive images explore the degradation of information while building quiet worlds that move in their own slow time. There is no high drama, just a little tension between the figures and their surroundings.
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The original source material playfully pulls from diverse and unrestrained sources. It is intentionally degraded, expanded and blurred. In the end, the images are about loneliness and isolation as the inhabitants move through wide empty worlds.   4” by 6” archival inkjet prints, limited edition of 10.
link to Thomas K. Simpson's website Illustration — I have been working with Thomas K. Simpson for a number of years. First, doing the diagrammatic images for his book, Maxwell on the Electromagnetic Field: A Guided Study (Masterworks of Discovery). Currently I am working with him to help him develop images for his new book which seeks to present an intuitive way for visualizing the world of four dimensions. We are publishing a short, lavishly illustrated iBook available from iTunes entitled “Lewis Carroll Meets the Imaginary Number” as an introduction to this subject.

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Contact me at annebfarrell at yahoo dot com
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Content © Anne Farrell 2008 – 2014