ANNE ADAMSON

 

The images in my work come from an inner landscape of memory and imagination. The paintings take the viewer on a journey through places which might seem familiar and yet exist only in the mind of the artist. The work is deliberately ambiguous, drawing on the imagery of dreams where scale is unpredictable and isolated objects materialize in unexpected situations.

It is often unclear whether we are looking at land or water and, when figures appear, we don't know what has brought them to this place or where they are going.

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.