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, and she has most recently been a recipient of a Joan Mitchell Center artist residency.
Her paintings explore perceptions of experiences, and the complexities of emotional and cognitive associations we make with our world. The work materializes from the convergence of frenetic energy, environment, light/shadow, anxiety, meditation, history, memory, and a pure visceral response to both these physical and psychological places.
The creation of the work relies on a balance of my experiences and observations from both inside and outside of the studio. An almost alchemical process of extracting ingredients from the external material world and filtering them through the fluid internal psyche. I am interested in our shared experiences of the trials, cycles, and journeys we have in this life. My work is an attempt to give voice to the intangible place in which we process our human experiences. 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 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.