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The Measurement of Everyday Life: Artist and Academic Annette Lawrence

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Published on Feb 19, 2016

Presented July 23, 2011 at the Nasher Sculpture Center.

Annette Lawrence’s work is generally related to text and information, often in response to physical space and time. The work is grounded in autobiography, counting, and the measurement of everyday life. Her subjects of inquiry range from body cycles, to ancestor portraits, music lessons, and unsolicited mail. Lawrence’s new body of work engages time and accumulation through twenty-five years of journal keeping. Her recent graphite drawings are circular grids based on charts made while digitizing hand written journals. There is a clear sense of the amount of writing over the years, not so much of what is written. Fueled by personal ambivalence about how much to reveal, and how much to withhold, the drawings give a dynamic macro view of the activity of journaling over time while maintaining the inherent privacy of the writing. Notations of the presence or absence of an entry become data that is visualized in patterns that share resonance with pre- Columbian calendars, celestial charts, woven baskets, tubes, spheres, and discs.

Lawrence’s work has been widely exhibited and is held in museums, and private collections including The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Dallas Museum of Art, The Rachofsky Collection, ArtPace Center for Contemporary Art, Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, American Airlines and the Art Collection of the Dallas Cowboys. She received the 2015 Moss/Chumley Award from the Meadows Museum, and the 2009 Otis and Velma Davis Dozier Travel Award from the Dallas Museum of Art. Her work was included in the 1997 Biennial Exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY. She is an alumnus of the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Skowhegan School. She received a BFA from The Hartford Art School and an MFA from The Maryland Institute College of Art. Originally from New York, Lawrence lives and works in Denton, Texas and is a Professor and Chair of Studio Art in the College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas.

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