Ann-Marie Stöhr is Artist in residence at Konstepidemin during July 2017, in preparation for her solo-show at galleri PS Göteborg 12 Augusti-26 Augusti 2017
“My work explores the edge of legibility. I live in California, where the light is so stark and constant that I find myself almost blinded at times. Spending many hours on a computer screen, reading text embedded in flickering LCD lights, my eyes have to adjust to find the right legible edge. I work with vibrant shellac inks on bright white Yupo paper, an absorbent PVC surface. In my paintings, I create a crisp division between the painted surface and the über-artificial white Yupo paper, which creates shape and form equally in the painted and the non- painted surface. Neon acrylic paint gives the painting an additional element, playing with our spectral sensitivity. I think that our daily use of screen devices changes our visual perception. As an artist I’m naturally interested in pursuing and exploring that idea.”
About the artist
With a cultural background in France, Sweden and Germany and three native languages, Ann-Marie Stoehr, who was educated and who pursued her art studies in all three countries is a true citizen of the world. She obtained an MFA in Fine Arts, New Media from the “Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar” in Saarbrücken Germany, where she studied under Beuys’ student and feminist video and performance artist Ulrike Rosenbach, after studying painting in Sweden at Dômen Konstskola Göteborg, and receiving a grant for a student exchange at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs Strasbourg.
She moved to the USA in 2003 where she works as a visual artist and an educator, combining her internationality in her work, where language often is integrated, as in spoken word performances, written pieces or her titles. Her work is officially represented by the Swedish Art Council, the Cultural Office of Gothenburg and the Cutural Office of Rheinland-Pfalz in Germany. Her work has been exhibited at the Saarland Museum in Saarbrücken, Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern, Mia-Münster Haus St.Wendel , Bonner Kunstverein, Kunstforum Bonn, den Frie Kunstnerenes Efterarsudtsillning Copenhagen, Pannhuset Röda Sten Gothenburg, PS Gallery in Gothenburg, Patricia Sweetow Gallery in San Francisco and the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley. She is a member of the Swedish KRO Konstnärernas Riksorganisation and Saarländischer Künstlerbund.