Leah Ball

Leah Ball makes marbled ceramic homegoods, art objects, and a line of Feminist as F*ck fine jewelry.

Artist ANNA brockmeyer

I arrived at Anna Brockmeyer’s studio apartment after a big purge. She had had some friends over the day before and sold everything she could: drawings, textiles, paintings and ceramics in order to do a deep cleanse before packing up and moving to San Francisco.

When I arrived there were little brightly colored price tags on EVERYTHING marking them as things of the past. I rummaged around and found earthly and gnarly ceramic pieces, brightly colored textiles, bold geometric paintings and small intricate collages.

Brockmeyer graduated from the SAIC in 2010. She has since utilized her skills in multi-mediums to make a vast portfolio of work. To start we looked through her sketch book where complex natural landscapes are stripped down to geometric shapes and block-like patterns. She attempts to capture the gesture and feel in her quick sketch book studies, that way when she is back in her studio she has a basic composition worked out and is ready to elaborate with color and scale. Her goal is to emulate the natural worlds ease to create beauty. Shapes and compositions stay with her– in her minds eye– and she tries to capture those imprints into her art work. 

Brockmeyer and I discuss repetition and theme and how it relates to our work. She says that "from my old earlier work—I took a break and I changed up process—but now, coming back, there is a real honest correlation." Her forays into different mediums and explorations might have seemed unfocused and unrelated, but now she sees how it all builds on one another. While a student at SAIC Brockmeyer apprenticed with a husband and wife team in LaPorte Indianna. There she learned the Art of paper-making and printing and dabbled in ceramics. This basic process, where paper made from scratch is sourced within 100ft of her and unfolded over a 24 hour period, resonated with her. While revisiting papermaking and natural fibers Brockmeyer’s recent works of landscape paintings organically meld with paper making textures to reflect these seemingly dissonant processes into a unique and organic artistic perspective all her own.

Visiting Anna’s studio it is clear the act of making is of paramount importance in her life. On every shelf, are stacks upon stacks of numerous studies and little works, further developing her skill and voice as a maker. It is also clear from her desire to part with her works that she is not necessarily attached to the final piece. She readily passes them along like so many other makers I know that are more attached to act of making then to the hat of being an artist. After discussing her work she shows me her selected pieces of jewelry photographed below.

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