Anne Spurgeon assembles trophies by hunting for discarded objects on the streets of Brooklyn. She reconstructs these found items with other repurposed materials to suggest natural, animal or corporal forms.
These scavenged objects complete a piece in progress or they dictate an entirely new project. Wooden elements from trees, furniture, and floorboards are assembled with petals, fronds and floral shapes cut from aluminum beer cans. Leather and other textile materials often appear in these works.
Throughout this process, Spurgeon embraces concepts of manufacturing and materiality. Her use of these gathered materials reflect an interest in reuse and transformation, as well as a desire to understand the contrasts and harmonies that exist between natural and urban environments. Her work provokes notions about waste, preservation and consumption, while illustrating their connections to traditional gender attributes.
Anne Spurgeon is a Brooklyn based visual artist, musician, and resident. She holds a MFA from The School of Visual Arts. As an interdisciplinary artist, her work has been exhibited throughout New York and internationally. Currently, she is an educator for the Museum of Modern Art and The Noguchi Museum.