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Anne Cummings is a Vermont “Eco Artist” creating work from recycled, reused, and repurposed materials, with the intent of making art that minimizes its impact on the environment and educates the viewer about environmental issues. Anne creates from her conviction to use ECO-ART FOR CHANGE.
The work collected for this exhibition includes pieces from a variety of series, which were created over a span of the last 5-6 years to the present. There are two essential connecting threads throughout this collection. All works incorporate recycled, reused, or repurposed materials to the greatest extent possible, and the visual imagery is intended to convey Anne's commentary on contemporary environmental or social justice issues.
They are presented in a generally chronological format - from the Local Food series pieces which utilize food packaging to create images of the food they held; the Plastic World series, which grapples with our dependence on and discarding of tons of plastic into our environment; the Carbon Footprint Portraits and Visual Memoir piece, which use the items cast off by an individual that represent their consumption and personal history; all the way to recent pieces in the Creative Quarantine Collage series, which document visually the struggles and changes of our tumultuous and politically fraught past year.
Through the use of recycled, reused, and repurposed materials as her artistic media, Anne hopes to hold up a mirror for viewers that shows the color, fabric, imagery, and concepts that make up all our contemporary lives, through the lens of her unique personal vision of the world.