Anne Doyle: Recycled Perfection in a Disposable World
Posted on June 17 2018
Looking at the skilled hands of our artist in residence, Anne Doyle, you can see so much more than a person positioning a piece of card atop others. This is a devotion to art - an inspirational journey that has swept her along for 45 years as she has honed her craft to create the beautiful artworks you see today. This image depicts a cautious positioning of her chosen material - a recycled object, chosen by Anne in her quest to prevent these materials going to landfill. The picture shows her love for colour, for composition, and for the tools of her trade. Off camera, a keen eye selects just the right complementary tones to sit alongside each other harmoniously. Her pieces are created in the comfort of her home studio. Pictured here, this piece is one from her newest collection of four small individual artworks that will be sold as timeless miniature prints and as card designs. These will be available shortly.
The Essence of Anne's Work
Behind each of Anne's artworks is a history. Growing up during the war instilled a need for thrift and a natural affinity for recycling under Britain's 'make do and mend' banner. As such, Anne is a keen advocate for reusing materials where possible. Her work reflects her love of recycling as a juxtaposition against our disposable world - a personal kickback against landfill and shops selling use once, throw away items. Anne's work is created using collated ephemera and recycled papers discovered during her search for the perfect materials. Old cards, postcards and packaging sit harmoniously alongside newspaper prints, wrapping paper and cardstock, each positioned optimally and layered until the final artwork materialises. These are never new materials; instead, they are aged with the stretches of time. What results is a timeless piece of art, each individual from any other. It is unique, reflecting the mood of the artist, and will sit in any location. A different view of the piece will show its hidden depths, such as a flower or a subtle colour change caused by the bleaching of the sun.
What truly inspires an artist is a mystery. The creative brain is awash with images and words all jostling for position at different times. When asked what inspired her Blue print, for example, Anne answered a bluebird, happiness, and ancient folklore symbols that were plucked somewhere from her mind's eye. Whatever inspires an artist, it is clear that their inspirational minds are capable of great synergy. While busy with ideas, it is also clinical in its application. An artist with the knowledge and skill of Anne can delve deep into a treasure trove of materials - in this case, found objects - and select just the right piece for the right space with the finest of perception skills. Perhaps the inspiration behind any artwork is not an idea but the artist's ability itself - a skill to see something that ordinary people cannot?
What is certain is that Anne's multi-layered coloured artworks are catching many by surprise. They are uplifting pieces of work that can inspire and delight in equal measure, bringing joy to those who look upon them. What better way to pass on these wonderful feelings than to give a small print or card to someone you care about and bring joy to them too?