Anne Feller’s work is an examination of memory which seeks to explore questions of what we remember, how we remember, and why we remember what we remember. Each piece is a recreation of an intimate yet fleeting moment in time often capturing figures in simple everyday activities. The act of remembering and the involuntary manifestation of forgetting appear side by side in her work. Each piece thus balances both the desire to preserve the memory in its entirety while simultaneously revealing the unreliability of the memory itself.
Feller’s primary medium is encaustic as the material offers a uniquely resilient durability. In the unchanging space of the wax, her pieces contain layered drawn moments. The overlapping images create a sense of motion as the memories take on a vivid life of their own within the isolated timeline of each piece. Once embedded, the viewer is offered a chance to peer through layers of history. Like fossils trapped in sediment, the act of preservation within each piece becomes a moment of permanence in a world of impermanence. This is reflective of Feller’s own concerns of memory, time, and ultimately the mortality of the people, the moment, and the memory depicted.
An examination of memory which seeks to explore questions of what we remember