Fort Greene

Ancis Design

MIRIAM ANCIS



About

As a woman with many identities (former rabbi, mother, Caucasian, Californian), much of the personal experiences that drive my work involve boundaries – breaking through, or negotiating the periphery. I began my professional life as a reform rabbi. Drawn to symbol and metaphor, my academic interest in Judaism focused on identity markers of daily life – particularly clothing and hair – for insight into views on sexuality, beauty and modesty. Now as a full-time artist, I apply my understanding of symbol and meaning making to art. While my work is not religious, my approach to seeing and experiencing traces back to earlier endeavors.

Formally, my art references the play between real and illusory space.
While abstract, it contains the symbolic. In Around Corners, frames push preconceived geometry. Defiant rectangles sport a curved corner or spout, challenging the authority of conventional forms. Wheeled elements set within a hard-edged frame, suggest a child’s toy or farm tool; painted in a vulnerable, gummy pink, the imperfect circles hint at figuration as they connect to everyday life. With seductive wit, this odd geometry adds the subjective to the abstract language of the work. In some pieces, patches of color energize the spaces between the elements, offering a nuanced dialogue between dimensions.

The social and emotional charge of gender, religion and politics inform my work; without being overtly political, I transform these narratives in an economy of form. Geometry, color and texture build a gestural abstraction of human conversation.