ANNE ADAMSON

 

My work is about journeys through imagined spaces. Some of the images reveal figures en route to an unknown destination; others depict places that, while apparently uninhabited, suggest an earlier human presence through a discarded object or an abandoned structure.

This imaginary world, which occasionally diverges into pure abstraction, poses questions of time and place. In creating new landscapes and sometimes clothing the characters in period dress, I like to leave the scenes open to individual interpretation.

Anne Adamson's landscape drawings are manifestations of memory and fantasy: a primitive shelter, a distant city, a ruined tower. We also see what has occurred spontaneously on the page: shimmering watery doodles; furrowed earth as handwriting; maelstroms of graphite.

The personality of the pencil mark changes from moment to moment. There are delicate trees which pay homage to Old Master sketches. There are lackadaisical little heaps and hillocks. And the dark, snarling lines of a castle look as if they were made with a pencil held in a fist. In these drawings, Adamson demonstrates the extraordinary capacity drawn marks have to translate rapidly from one function or character to another. [...]

A sense of unfamiliarity pervades Adamson's art. A road sign has its back to us and there are no paths or roads. Knowledge here is active , provisional and disjunctured. These drawings are beautiful and yet disquieting.

Angela Kingston, curator and writer

 

I chose this ink drawing by Anne Adamson because it is very open to personal interpretation by each viewer. It is clearly a landscape which appears to be quite desolate, however there are signs of human habitation and activity: the ladder propped up against what might be a type of dwelling, the broken telegraph poles, and the three wind turbines. The drawing is untitled and therefore it remains very much up to each person to look closely and think about what might have happened or might happen in such a place. For me, art is always about taking a close look and I feel that this drawing prompts that type of response.

Lara Wardle
Director, the Jerwood Foundation.