annie seaton


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Memories have always been a predominant theme in my work. I practice art with the belief that one of our most important roles as an artist is to ask questions about the world around us and then try to answer them. The questions I have been asking for the past five years pertain mostly to the world in which my children participate along with reminiscences growing up in Canada in a much simpler time.

One subject I’ve explored examines my family and our friends cavorting on California beaches. Brief, rare idyllic freedoms that are far too few for today’s youth growing up in our overprotective world. Watching local surfers hang out in Malibu and Ventura is also a typical inspiration. More recently, I began exploring imagery of the Toronto lakeshore of my childhood. Despite the familiarity and comfort of these themes, I am always left with a deep dissatisfaction that my questions are perhaps too personal and not very provocative or “avant-garde” enough and that my work reads as naive.

In the back of mind the parallels I am asking are if my children will reflect on their childhood as free and as happy as mine was growing up in Toronto, Canada or will they know they grew up in a less innocent world?

Expanding upon this, I delved into images of Toronto as a new and very personal examination beginning in 2008. The work combines partial photographic sections combined with brushy washes of acrylic inks: a process that lends itself to this feeling of memory by allowing only an incomplete representation through the use of incomplete photography and where I fill in my own blanks with paint. Since then, I have returned a total of four more times in the last year and a half.

I want people who see my artwork to come into contact with Toronto, (or LA for that matter) through my rose tinted glasses. This is how I want my work to be experienced.