New Exhibition in October September 20 2016
New Smyrna Beach, FL — Arts on Douglas is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition Earth Tarot: Past, Present and Future, by photographic artist Anna Tomczak. This exhibition will be on view October 1-29, with an opening reception on Saturday, October 1 from 4-7 pm. An interactive artwork Tarot reading will also take place at the opening, with image interpretations shared from 5-6 pm. Then, on Friday, October 28 at 11 am, Arts on Douglas will be hosting an Artists Talk with Anna Tomczak. All exhibitions, receptions and Artists Talk events are free and open to the public.
In the featured gallery:
On view: October 1-29, 2016
Opening reception: Saturday, October 1, 4-7pm
Artists Talk: Friday, October 28, 11am
Anna Tomczak is known for her large format Polaroid transfers of scenes assembled in the studio using animals, botanicals, found objects and iconic artifacts to present mythical anecdotes. Each exposure is transferred onto watercolor paper, producing one-of-a-kind images with rich yet muted tones. On her creative process, Tomczak remarks “When I am working on a piece, there is not always a clear intention of what I wish to convey. It is very much a stream of consciousness and an exploration. Often, an artifact I combine within a piece does not reveal itself or the meaning until the piece is finished.”
Earth Tarot: Past, Present and Future consists of 22 images, all of which were created using a 20 x 24 Polaroid camera. Some images presented in this exhibition are original Polaroid transfers, while others are archival reproductions. After her images were created, Anna explored the symbolic relationships and personal revelations that her images conveyed, and presented her interpretations for these images in a Tarot card format. These Tarot cards are a unique addition to the exhibition and were designed to be a fun, inspirational and enlightening way for viewers to become participants and engage with the imagery in new and exciting ways.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Anna Tomczak earned her BA in Theater Arts-Film Studies from Pennsylvania State University and an MFA in Fine Art Photography from the University of Florida. This combination of theater, film and photography provided her the foundation for the development of dramatic imagery realized in her current work. Tomczak's photography has been featured in exhibitions at venues including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Southeast Museum of Photography, and the Norton Museum of Art, among others. Her images are currently part of a traveling exhibition organized by the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography titled The Polaroid Project, set to travel nationally and internationally through 2019. She has received several awards and grants including the Florida Individual Artist Fellowship and Career Enhancement Grant; Polaroid Artist Support Program Grant and Distinguished Visiting Artist at the Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts, Florida. Her work has been featured in publications such as Sanctuary (2008) and Picturing Florida (2008) - both by Fresco Fine Art Publications. Her work has also appeared in the Georgia Review, View Camera Magazine, Camera Arts, Studio Photography and Design, and Florida History Magazine. In addition to her career as an artist, Anna teaches workshops in Florida and various university, museum and studio classrooms throughout the US, Italy and Spain. She lives in Lake Helen, Florida, with her husband Mark Shuttleworth, Buckwheat the cat, Buddy the dog and two birds.