Anne Canfield - Souvenir of Yesteryear

Anne Canfield

Anne Canfield resides and maintains her studio in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. Canfield is known for her small fantastical works of graphite on paper and oil on panel.  She has shown extensively in group and solo exhibitions nationally and her work can be found in numerous public and private collections. Canfield currently exhibits with Nancy Margolis Gallery in NYC, most recently showing in a group exhibition Jan 2017. Canfield is alumna of Moore College of Art & Design (BFA) and The Yale School of Painting, Norfolk and is a past fellow of the Center for Emerging Visual Artists and the Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia. She has been a recurring artist resident artist at Soaring Gardens through the Ora Lerman Trust and has been an invited artist and critic at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia.  Canfield works alongside her husband, fellow artist Hiro Sakaguchi, and together they are raising their young daughter, Aya Lucy, born in 2016.

Canfield draws and paints on a tiny scale and is inspired by the detail, whimsy and geometric naturalism of both early Netherlandish and Indian Miniature painting. She uses a variety of media as point of departure, ranging from personal photography to elements of film. Loosely narrative, her pieces reveal quiet, solitary moments as a sense of time or place is trapped and brought to stand still. Concerned with identity, memory and psychological phenomenon, her recent work symbolically explores these fixations. While combing this awareness of being, time and of place, her works reflect everyday life, daydreams, and, finally, the fragility and the boundlessness of both humanity and the natural world alike.
 

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Anne Canfield - Souvenir of Yesteryear

Souvenir of Yesteryear

Souvenir of Yesteryear
Oil on Panel
6 x 6"

"This is a portrait of my husband Hiro's grandmother.  It is from imagery taken of her home in Nagano, Japan.  She passed away before he and I had met so I never had the chance to meet her.  The souvenirs in the image were gifts from her children and grandchildren and they reminded me so much of items that my own grandmother had collected.  Even as our families are so culturally different, there is a fundamental sameness in our humanity. I felt this strongly as I enjoyed time with Hiro's family in his grandmother's home." -- Anne Canfield

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