Welancora Gallery and Tabla Rasa Gallery are pleased to present EnSamblage, new works by Audrey Frank Anastasi on view from Saturday, May 11-Sunday, June 30, 2019. The opening reception will take place on Saturday, May 11 from 6pm-8pm at 33 Herkimer Street in Brooklyn, New York. This is Anastasi’s first solo exhibition at Welancora. The title of the show refers to both a musical ensemble of parts, and a visual assemblage of elements.
As a natural progression of Audrey’s older work, this new iteration of charcoal and pastel portraits of women from life employ overlaid pieces of torn newspaper, magazines, and previous drawings to create complex and emotionally intense figures. Within some of these portraits there are ripped road maps, providing equal presence to the figures each with their own level of dimensionality. The maps serve to pose questions, such as, “Where am I?, Where does this road lead”? Offering answers, “I am central to the narrative. I constructed the environment around me”.
Audrey Anastasi is a feminist artist. Her practice is rooted in painting other women, the human face, and figure through direct observation. Through this technique, Anastasi examines perception and the construction of self-image.
Audrey was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She earned a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from Pratt Institute, and taught figure drawing, portfolio development, and anatomy for artists at Parsons School of Design for approximately 10 years. Audrey has been featured in Smart Money Magazine, the Lenny Lopate Show (aka: New York and Company) on National Public Radio, the New York Times, New York Daily News, amNY, Pratt Folio, Jewish Week, the arts & entertainment supplements of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, the Brooklyn Fine Arts magazine, OntheIssuesMagazine.com and the New York Observer. Audrey lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.