Ann Craven is, fundamentally, a painter. She paints the moon, birds, flowers, deer, or colour stripes. She paints antiquated subjects, for she knows the symbolic power of the images accompanying us, even the most insignificant ones – those empty of content that our grandmothers would keep for no veritable reason, or the gold stars that a schoolgirl or boy pins up in their room with such pride.
Her birds and flowers series endlessly interpret the essential painterly relationship between background and form, and the vibration of dazzling colors as so many signs of the times. Therefore everything is ‘painting’, and all painting is equal in her eyes, whether copy or original, background color, abstract band, or bird on a branch.
Published with FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims.