recasting the everyday
Every object has a history, a cycle of life and death. It’s created, serves a purpose and then spends eternity in a vast sea of unwanted debris. This wasteland of expired treasures—decayed, broken and disassembled remains of bygone eras—fuels the art of painter and sculptor A.E. Ryan. She rescues the unwanted trinkets of time, repurposing them into her esoteric assemblages of the trivial and the wondrous.
“My work is the antithesis of slick, and I like it that way.”
From her collection of reclaimed materials and objects, a gestalt idea ignites within. Certain elements take on a leading role, while others act as supporting characters in Ryan’s fragmented narratives. “There is always one thing that starts me ...