Cameo after dark
Artist Ann Lee Fuller used to call herself a landscape painter. At first glance, her paintings may look the same. Minimalist Rothko-like manipulations of color, her work may evoke clouds and skies for those seeking representational anchors. but time reveals subtle disturbances. “I paint emotion,” says Fuller.
When her sister passed away three years ago, her paintings became darker – a storm in the offing, a murky disturbance, a tumor. “This is when I started painting emotion and letting the paint speak.” In the stillness, the paintings move. To the viewer, the emotional abyss is palpable.
For decades, she lived in Chelsea and spent weekends in Delaware County. In recent years, she and her husband moved full-time to their 10-acre country hideaway. “It’s tough to live here, I’m a city person,” says Fuller. “Out the back over a stonewall is one of the most extraordinary views in Delaware County. I don’t even look at it anymore.”
As she lights a cigarette, she wonders if all the beauty has soaked in.
Across the studio, her more recent work sits in varying stages. Clearly a succession to her earlier work, these new work features a blackbird situated boldly above the morass and perched on transitory footing. The work seems unfinished in spots, white raw canvas, long drips delineating color from monochrome. Still, there is recognition as the smoke clears. The blackbird looks alertly into the unknown ready to fly if needed.
Ann Lee Fuller is a member of AMR Open Studios and exhibits her work at Longyear Gallery in Margaretville, NY.
Photos Provided by Artist
Storm Skin III
Searching for Cassiopeia