Enna Deer, a.k.a. Anne Reed My interests have always been directly inspired by children, whether that be in fine art or my photographic assignments. This driving focus has led to the Lost Knight Series, the Molded Personalities (plastic animals) series, and the large-scale bronze, "Three Jacks and a Ball".
The Lost Knight series: Clearly something is amiss as a chess knight finds himself on the wrong game board. The knight, who on his own board, is noble, agile, clever and influential because of his ability to move other than in a straight line, appears not only lost, but perceptibly out of place. His plight is a visual metaphor for experiencing being in an "uncomfortable" situation or simply in unfamiliar territory. Although still maintaining gallantry, the knight nevertheless appears ill-at-ease and confused. What tempted the knight to leave the safety of his own board? The parallels in our own lives seem obvious.
Molded Personalities: Designed to imitate reality in a size that can be easily grasped by tiny fingers, molded plastic animals are stamped out by the thousands. This series, through depth-of-field decisions, exaggerates character traits initiated by manufacturers who want to mimic a stereotype.
Three Jacks and a Ball: Inspired by the sculptural beauty of a child's jack, this piece is meant to celebrate the child in us all. Sophisticated in form and medium, the piece does not lose its identity as a child's game. Although there is implied Irony and duplicity, the work is compelling in terms of its aesthetics as well as its playfulness and accessibility. There are similar works in the conceptual stage. Special commissions allow for size variance.
ART EDUCATION St. Lawrence University Syracuse University, BA Art Institute (NYC) Yale University (post graduate) Columbia University (post graduate) International Center of Photography (NYC) 1974-1976 New School (NYC): studied under Lisette Model New School (NYC): studied under George Tice Hunter College (NYC): ceramics
TEACHING Sun Valley Center for the Arts (Sun Valley, ID): classes for children: 1972, 1973, 1996, 1997 Pioneer Montessori (Ketchum, ID): 1993, 1994 Hemingway Elementary (Ketchum, ID) 1999, 2000 Sun Valley Center for the Arts, 1974, 2004 The Community School, 2009 2009
PROFESSIONAL Images, Inc. (Informal portraits of children) 1972, 1973
EXHIBITIONS Anne Reed Gallery (Ketchum, ID) Group Exhibition: Wit in Art, Subtle and Not So, 2004 Group Exhibition: Child's Play, 2005 Muse Gallery Fine Art (Jackson Hole, WY) Group Exhibition, Spring 2005 Sun Valley Center for the Arts and Humanities (Ketchum, ID) Dos Culturos 2000 Tibet: Through Local Eyes 2006 Americans for UNFPA (United Nations Population) Exhibition: Los Angeles, CA 2005 Exhibition: Seattle, WA, 2006 The Open Room: Group exhibition: Beyond, 2010
PUBLISHED Various books, record cover, Kodak display Grand Central Station, Magazines, Newspapers (Washington Times, San Francisco Chronicle, La Jornada), Magazines (latest: Irish America Magazine);Advertisements, Book Jackets: Billy Collins, Ballistics Book Jackets: Tom Cahill: Mysteries of the Middle Ages Nina Lief Early Childhood Development Vol. 1
INTERNET Photophilanthropy: Project as Sample
ASSIGNMENTS: Open Society Institute (George Soros non-profit): Palliative care in Africa. 2003 One H.E.A.R.T. (non-profit): Maternal health care in Tibet. 2003 Sun Valley Writers' Conference, 1997-2009
MSCS. Slide show on 17-foot, Jumbotron, introduction to The Dalai Lama (Ketchum, ID), 2005