Annie Hejny | Painting
Chicago River No. 5, 2022
Materials: Acrylic, collected Chicago River water and sediment on canvas
Dimensions: 12 x 12 x 1.5 in
This painting is finished with a Golden® varnish and is fitted with D-rings and wire for easy hanging. Artist signature painted on the side and written on back.
"My process begins by respectfully gathering water and sediment from the shorelines of lakes and rivers. Returning to my studio, I pour the collected materials with acrylic paint over canvas to emulate the natural erosion and flow of the water. I then brush thin layers of resonant color over the dried texture to express the movement, mood and surface reflections that I observe at the shoreline.
The physicality of collecting and incorporating such materials is a critical part of how I embody and translate what nature is telling me."