Ann Marie Auricchio received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art.
A native New Yorker, she now lives and works in New Orleans, LA. Her work is represented by Octavia Gallery in New Orleans LA, and EDNA Contemporary in San Luis Obispo CA. She has most recently been a recipient of a Joan Mitchell Center artist residency.
My work is an attempt to give voice to the intangible place in which we process our human journey. I am interested in our perceptions of experiences, and the complexities of emotional and cognitive associations we make with our world. The imagery materializes from the convergence of frenetic energy, environment, light/shadow, anxiety, meditation, history, memory, and a pure visceral response to both physical and psychological places. Playing with the tension that is created at the crossroads of figuration and abstraction, I create a type of metaphorical landscape that enables us to confront these deep emotional, physical, and psychological experiences. As in life, the paintings express a tumultuous complexity working towards a resolved scenario.
As evidence of the human hand further disappears from our culture, the act of painting becomes more and more magical in its presence. In a time dominated by technology, information and noise, I very consciously choose to work in the tangible visceral medium of paint to anchor myself, the viewer, and the work to the natural material world. I enjoy its tie to the past and history, and believe in its ability as a medium to endure.