Anne Lindberg creates beautiful and ephemeral thread installations and drawings that blur the line between traditional media. Her work is meditative, a study in formal abstraction, a questioning of our perception of objects. She uses very simple materials. Her thread drawings are created using strings of colourful rayon thread, strung vertically to make meditative linear works while her optical installations involve thousands of strings of Egyptian cotton attached to the architecture of the space by staples to create a mind blowing celebration of colour.
The installations are really quite extraordinary as they are made specifically for each space – each piece designed to maximise the space and its light. This use of light and the luminous quality of the material mean that her work changes depending on the time of day. Lindberg explains that she:
discovered an optical and spatial phenomenon that spans the outer reaches of our peripheral vision. The work also references physiological systems—such as heartbeat, respiration, neural paths, equilibrium—and psychological states.
In a statement about her work Lindberg has this to say:
Neurologists have determined that the old brain holds the seat of our most primal understandings of the world. Goodwill, security, fear, anxiety, self-protection, gravity, sexuality, and compulsive behaviors generate from this lower cerebral core.
My sculpture and drawings inhabit a non-verbal place resonant with such primal human conditions. Systemic and non-representational, these works are subtle, rhythmic, abstract, and immersive. I find beauty and disturbance through shifts in tool, layering and material to create passages of tone, density, speed, path and frequency within a system. In recent room-sized installations, I discovered an optical and spatial phenomenon that excites me as the work spans the outer reaches of our peripheral vision. The work references physiological systems – such as heartbeat, respiration, neural paths, equilibrium – and psychological states.
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