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  • “Unexpected (Green)”Unexpected (Green)

    Watercolor on paper 42" x 72"

Annelise Pollard

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annelise.pollard@gmail.com

artist bio

Annelise Pollard was born and raised in West Allis, Wisconsin. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts Studio from Judson University in Elgin, Illinois in May of 2017. Her work has been shown in two juried exhibitions at the Draewell Gallery in 2016 and 2017. In 2017, she participated in a local exhibition at Cream City Clay in West Allis and the maker rotation at Permanent Baggage in Milwaukee. Currently, Annelise resides in West Allis where she practices watercolor and works for the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Charles Allis/Villa Terrace Museum Collective.

artist statement

When we try to have control of our lives, it often doesn’t work out the way we planned.
The process is key in creating my work. I use watercolor – an uncontrollable medium – and attempt to control it by organizing it to create contrast on the picture plane. My process of putting delicate squares together into a grid is an invitation to come close and appreciate each square, but also to step back and see the work as a whole. The layering of squares presents lack of control, as each layer of squares is slightly shifted over the next.
In the unpredictable world we live in, the ritual of pattern-making by gluing each square has taught me the importance of slowing down, appreciating what comes next, and paying attention to detail. The unexpected, although uncomfortable, is necessary for our lives, and often allows everything to fall into place.

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