Artist Portfolio

Anne Finkelstein

Artist Biography

I received a BA in painting from Bard College and an MFA in painting from Hunter College. I use both digital and analog tools in my artwork, which has been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the United States and is included in private and public collections. I teach at Parsons and FIT and run AJ&J Design, a graphic design company
which specializes in graphics for museums and other non-profit institutions. I live in Manhattan with my husband James Acevedo and my daughter Joanna.

Artist STATEMENT

I am a native New Yorker, and my artwork is a response to the underlying abstraction in the urban environment. I use photography to document moments of light and color which leap out at me from the street.

My artwork combines images from different viewpoints into a harmonious whole. My photomontages start with digital photographs. They reflect a mental landscape — the ability of the mind to hold many images simultaneously and blend them together into a seamlessly. The result is a densely textured surface, which fluctuates between abstract patterns and recognizable spaces. When you look at a place from one spot you can remember how it looks from other angles, and even vividly visualize unrelated times and places. I use the computer to make transitions between images.

My subjects come from places I travel, buildings in New York, and even the streets I walk on every day. I create images which are more than a representation of what the world looks like. My compositions to lead the viewer on a journey which triggers memories of the experience of perception, including the contradictions between what we actually see, what we know, and what we remember.