Anna Ryan Drew: I shot my first gun at the age of 41, a surreal experience. My association with my first target was the fascination of the color. Bubblegum pink, a color associated with simplistic adolescent taste or style. Or the latest trending Chanel bag. Or Breast Cancer. Yet this was not an insipid act. Bullet Holes aren't pretty, even in Bubblegum Pink. Brooke Marks-Swanson: Gun violence in America is an epidemic. Through the peaceful act of knitting 79,080 stitches, I hope to express the absurdity of it all.. when is enough, enough?
- Art form: 3-D
- Depth: 6ft
- Medium: Mixed Media
- Width: 192 inches
- Year created: 2017
- Height: 48in
About bubblegum, bullet holes and the absurdity of it all
A.R. Drew is a Contemporary Artist residing in Granger Indiana. Anna Ryan Drew has been painting since she could hold a brush as a child. Growing up in her mother, Nancy Swan Drews’ studio she was exposed to art as if it was as ordinary as learning to read. Anna went on to University of Michigan for her BFA in Painting, with encouraging accolades of awards in her medium. During her time at Michigan Anna was very involved in art and social justice, connecting with disparaged populations through art. This led her to complete MSW, in Social Work to fuse both passions. Today Anna focuses primarily on Painting in her own space in Downtown South Bend. She continues to utilize her Art to benefit numerous local and national non-profits. She has exhibited with regional and nationally renowned artists including, Robert De Niro Sr., Paul Rothko, Leland Bell, Bob Thompson and Nancy Swan Drew. Brooke Marks-Swanson is an textile and metal artist currently living in South Bend, Indiana. Her work speaks of a universal language of textile and metal art. She received her MFA in Metals from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, and a BFA in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. Her works have been exhibited nationally over 90 juried and invitational exhibitions and has been included in 17 publications. Permanent collections: Muzeum w Walbrzychu, Walbrzych, Poland, The Sparta Teapot Museum of Craft and Design, Sparta, North Carolina, and The Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, Oregon.