Ann L. Carter
Ann Carter lives in Manhattan, Kansas where she teaches English as a second language and works as a printmaker. Since 1987 her work has been accepted in over 20 regional and national juried shows and two permanent collections. She was a winner in the 1990, 1992, 1994, and 1996 Kansas Artists’ Postcard Series and was the commissioned artist for the 1993 Salina Smoky Hill River Festival Print.
Her print “100% Natural” comes from the idea of fruit and vegetables grown organically, but it also implies that the man and woman are 100% natural – just ordinary people. Stopping at a farm stand to buy locally helps remind us that real people worked hard to produce the food we put on our tables.
I am fascinated by patterns and how they work off one another to add complexity and interest to what I see in real life and in art. But perhaps patterns interest me so much because they are often manmade, a sing of our need to add beauty and interest to everyday life. Even the simplest persons, no matter how unaesthetic they think they are, make choices about the patterns they surround themselves with. I wan to use the wallpaper of someone’s house, the flowers on a handbag, and the arrangement of the mantle, to show how a person thinks and see the world.
I’ve been influenced by my many travels and work experiences abroad. Travel has shown me the basic similarities in people all over the world, the human quality that we all possess. I emphasize this human quality when portraying the old, the poor, the minorities, and the very young because I believe they must hang on very tightly to retain their dignity in this society. When someone looks and my artwork, I hope they walk away with a little bit better understanding of the essence of being human.
More recently, I have worked on Kansas landscapes and experimenting integrating my work with digital media.