EXIBITION ESSAY

Anna Broome: Bravura and Life
by Kene Rosa

Anna Broome created this body of work in the span of a few months in 2022. The works are of varied subjects and made on various matrices such as drywall, paper and canvas. The drywall pieces are carved and some have jagged edges to give the viewer the sense of both durability and fragility.

Anna is not afraid of color and like in the works of Asger Jorn and Karel Appel - founders of the Danish COBRA school, her work is composed of spontaneous line and figurative subjects. Her floral still-lives have ties to the stark naive floral paintings of Moishe Kissling with some surrealist elements as in the still-lifes of Redon. She shares her admiration for the work of Picasso, Matisse and DaVinci in some of her pieces that are taken from these artists.

There are also literary portraits, and as Anna is a well-regarded poet/wordsmith she shares with us her admiration for the likes of Sylvia Plath, Edgar Allen Poe and Emily Dickinson. Her depiction of these subjects may not be spot on; however, Anna has managed to capture the essence of these subjects as well as in “Show Girl” and “Dorothy’s Martini.”

Her lines are bold and her use of color is provocative. Some of the works are quite large and some are quite small. All of the pieces regardless of size leave the viewer with sort of a peek into this artist’s mind. This is a wonderful ensemble of works full of bravura and life all created at a time when the world seems to be going down the vortex of instability.