Ahn Wells

Ahn Wells

Artist Statement

For as long as I can remember, my art has been pushed forward by obsession. Obsession with repetition; obsession with a material; obsession with a design; obsession with a process but within this obsession lies a yearning to discover, reveal and accept difference and variation.

My work is contradictory. While on one hand it is informed by art history (it is influenced by a Minimal Art aesthetic) on the other, I find myself highly influenced by the processes and techniques I learnt while growing up, the homely crafts that have been passed onto me from my mother.

In this sense, my work combines the art histories I’ve learnt through formal study with the lessons I’ve learnt from within the family home. As Australian Artist Rosalie Gascoigne said “Your art has to come out of your daily life…I really believe that if anyone is born an artist they’ve only got to look at what‘s round their feet and what’s available to them”.

From this point of view, my work is how I interpret the world around me. A world where each day is the same but slightly different. My work is slowly moving, changing, mutating into something more than it was yesterday, that is why I continue to make new work. Every time I pick up a pencil and draw or crochet a new material into a loop, I know that it will eventually lead into a new body of work. Sometimes it’s immediate, sometimes it’s years later. It’s the not knowing when that excites me and reminds me that it’s good to have an obsession.

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