Margaret Ann Withers
I describe my artwork as fragmentary narrative landscapes, or anti-stories that contain a flash of action or the hint of a non-linear narrative floating within a chaotic ‘landscape’. They're visual contemporary companions to writers such as, Lydia Davis, Martha Ronk, or Ann Carson. The icons that I use within these abstract landscapes are narrative motifs that touch on the conflicting ideas of joy and melancholy, as well as community and aloneness in regards to the concept of home and communication. I like to use the house as a symbol in my paintings because their simplicity obscures the complex and uniquely personal relationship that each viewer has to an idea of ‘home’. The telephone poles are a universal and quickly fading icon of communication that symbolize emotional connection, formality, privacy, disconnection and alienation.
Margaret Ann Withers is a visual artist who lives and works in New York city. Her paintings are fragments of stories found in an imaginary landscape that capture in the abstract the conflicting ideas of joy and melancholy, as well as community and aloneness in regards to the concept of home and communication. Originally from Texas, Withers has exhibited her work throughout the country and internationally in Brussels, Australia, Berlin, China and Russia. Her artwork is included in multiple private and corporate collections and has won numerous awards including a 2016 Artist in Residence, The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), 2013/2015 resident fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center, a fellowship to the Millay Colony, and a 2013 USA Project Grant.