Annie O’Dorisio lives and works in Portland, Oregon. She graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Art in 2002. Annie was chosen to exhibit her work at the inaugural year of ArtPadSF at the Phoenix Hotel, San Francisco, CA in 2012 and was more recently nominated in 2014 for the prestigious Fleishhacker Foundation Eureka Fellowship Award.
From a space of illusion sculptural and architectural overtones appear, beginning a dimensional departure. The imagined shapes become something real with the addition of wool to the pen and ink drawings. The work leaves one space and enters another, inhabiting other planes. I create these suggested spaces methodically by rendering texture in conjunction with the two dimensional drawing. I use extreme thought and restraint to realize the essential and conceptually intriguing image that previously only existed in my imagination.
I lay down a shape in pencil, working with it until it is true to the image I have in mind. The shapes and patterns, created with ink markings, end up being quite masculine. The wool serves as not only a way to add sculptural dimension but as a vehicle of warmth. Through this method I have created a language between the two mediums that is formal yet natural.
To propose that the space exists at all I have to create new space, new planes, suggest other dimensions. I have to bring the shape/form into existence to make it something distinct. The importance and relevance occurs to me through the realization of the work. I am incredibly connected to my work because of an acute awareness to what I am actualizing. I establish an unfamiliar relationship between form and materials in a unknown space by suggesting a shape that previously only existed as a thought held in anticipation.