I work in a series of paintings, painting variations of one subject over several years, which gives me time to explore ideas and experiences in depth and to understand what I find compelling
Some subjects, like flowers, I go back to again and again; their beauty, in all its’ variety still enchants me.
I make drawings, take photographs and more recently, I make small pastels to use as reference material in my studio.
I often study natural history in relation to my work. In this way I have learned I live on the bed of an ancient river, now ocean, that sandstone formations run the coasts of North and South America and that there were flower trading routes in antiquity between Egypt and Rome.
Mine is a lifelong dedication to the practice of painting and the exploration of beauty. I study the history, anthropology and philosophy of art and beauty to deepen my practice and understanding.
I wrote the following essay to accompany my 2009 exhibition at the Casa Dahlia Galeria in Mexico:
What is the nature of beauty?
“The Greek philosophers believed that the soul before entering life contemplates beauty, it cannot behold truth or God, but it can behold beauty and remembers the vision when it sees individual beauty in this life.
Later philosophers have described beauty as truth, as light that manifests being, as harmony and unity, as a force reconciling the finite with the infinite.
The experience of beauty is at once sensual, being a perception of the senses and contemplative, engaging the mind and mediating the realms of the sensuous and the rational.
I made these large paintings of tropical flowers with their extravagant color and sensuous form in this spirit, to celebrate beauty and to inspire joy.”
Anne Popperwell 2009