September 22, 2017 Taos, New Mexico

The Harwood Museum of Art

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Wednesday, November 1 - Sunday, November 26, 2017

Anais Rumfelt: 108 Crows

Gallery: Studio 238

Anais Rumfelt’s crows are painted with black ink on paper, in a repeating pattern of threes. Each is completely unique and individual, but in active relationship with its neighbors. The crow has significant symbolism for the artist, as well as providing stark and graphic shapes.

The artist's statement: I began this body of work in November 2016 as a response to both a transformation of my personal environment and the changing of the political climate. These simultaneous shifts caused a sense of unrest internally as well as in the world around me. I felt a strong need to create from this place.

I chose Crows as the subject matter of this piece because of their significant symbolism as well as the stark and graphic nature of their shape.

Crows are exceptionally adaptable and able to respond to changing conditions by altering the way they behave. Symbolically, they represent mystery and transformation and a call for truth and authenticity in communication. What began with one crow became 108, a number signifying completion and the wholeness of existence in Hindu and Buddhist teachings.

These birds were painted in black ink on paper, in a repeating pattern of threes. Each is completely unique and individual, but in active relationship with its neighbors. This creates a composition within each page as well as the greater composition of the whole. The use of ink and water lends the form the ability to move in and out of solidity, as if floating between worlds.

The completion of this project has informed the direction of my artistic path and I continue to use crows as meaningful elements in my work.