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ann oppenheim art


 



I try to make art that makes you stop in your tracks, to pause, to have a look a little longer, stop running, take it in.


Making art is a gift that feeds my soul. It takes me to a different place. It is a means for how to know me.​ With the right amount of inspiration and motivation, anything is possible. I do not believe in limitations. I say, thank

G-d there are people in this world like me who aren't just plain vanilla. How cool is it that an artist can make something beautiful out of absolutely nothing.

 

When I make art, I lose all sense of  time as it breathes into my work until I'm depleted. It brings me closest to myself where I find peace--for what matters is how we see ourselves through and in our passions and work. 

 

​​When a person creates, it begins as an experiment, a curiosity, a drive--like seeking first to understand and then to be understood--and mostly, over time, really mostly because it just has to. It cannot be stopped or denied and is restorative. Here's the rub: one day, your life changes--it happens to most of us--and then you change in a big way--you discover that the bees buzzing around you stung far more than their beneficial honey. You take the stairs, take space, and put yourself up close and in front on the artist's pedestal and look, examine, expose and paint yourself as the muse. You discover the unique innocence, beauty and spirit in yourself much like that which you have admired in others when you looked closely. You then realize that you do not have to have an MFA and an uber elitist entourage of artistic cadres with an affinity for tight black clothing to be a star with art utensils. You do not have to know the owners of fabulous galleries or to be able to talk your way through a myriad of art museum vernacular to have taste and to possess a distinctive style. You just end up growing into your skin. What I know and can do, it's the essence and the point...making something from nothing...I can draw, sculpt, design and paint the f**k out of most any medium, and that is good enough for me. I am who I am. I make what I make. It's that simple.

 

​"Fall seven times, stand up eight." -Zen proverb