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Annie Belle

Kalamazoo, MI, United States

My work is informed by the nature of work and home, as well as the relationship between humans, animals, and the space in which they inhabit. Wool is my preferred medium because it has been an integral part of human life since the domestication of the sheep in many societies. I love feeling the roving between my hands knowing a sheep has graciously given me his fleece. I try to use American wool whenever I can. On a personal level, I credit art, especially knitting, with aiding my recovery from depression and anorexia. Though my work is inextricably linked to my own experience of losing my family home as a teenager, it is also a study of consumption and comfort. What do we need to be comfortable? Were our ancestors comfortable in shepherd's huts, thatched cottages, or straw bale homes? I hope my pieces give the viewer a sense of comfort, as well as something to think about.

Annie's ArtPrize Entries

These are Annie's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.