Ann Conneman : lettering in hand-carved stone and brush-drawn on paper
Opening reception Saturday June 29th . 4:00-6:00pm
Continuig through July 28th

What lies beneath the surface? What has been lost? What has been found? What has changed? What has always been there but gone unnoticed? What endures?
‘So much I believed in. Naively. So much I never thought would disappear is falling away or being exposed as myth. I write and letter to mourn these things, to give physical presence to what is vanishing.’                           Ann Conneman . 2019                                                                                                                                       
Ann Conneman fell in love with letterforms when she was a little girl. As a voracious reader and spelling bee competitor, the distinct personalities of the forms captivated her. She wrote her name and saw a caterpillar … the a was the head, the n’s were legs skittering across the paper. Crayon-drawn letters sprouted limbs and faces; cursive writing was a proud obsession.

Conneman went on to study at the Rhode Island School of Design where she was introduced to letterpress printing, papermaking, bookbinding, and lettercarving in stone — disciplines that combine writing, typography, design, and craft in the making of handmade objects. After graduating with a BFA in graphic design, she spent two years at the North Bennet Street School, Boston earning a diploma in bookbinding.

On view in the exhibition are Conneman’s masterful brush-drawn, hand-carved lettering in stone and on paper. Each exquisitely beautiful. The stones Conneman carves are found throughout New England, some foraged on her walks in the wilds of Cape Ann. In her words: Lettering out these words with a brush and paint is a silent performance—a fluid, slow-motion translation into visual presence. Carving is elemental—the physical removal of stone with a mallet and chisel. Words become tactile and enduring.

Conneman holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Diploma in Bookbinding from the North Bennet Street School, Boston. She lives and maintains a studio in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

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