ANNE LILLY’S drawings and watercolors incorporate many of the same strategies that were found in her stunning kinetic sculptures: grid, geometry, repetition, precision, and finely-resolved detail that rewards close looking. Similar intentions are pursued as well: to fuse together the opposing qualities of hardness and softness, and to awaken perception of space and emptiness. Drawing and watercolor are exquisitely responsive to, and communicative of, touch. Rather than utilize the touch of the viewer, the work is a record of her own. What has been shed in spatial richness and drama is exchanged for directness, subtlety, color, gradients, micro-marks, illusions of depth, spontaneity and nimbleness. Lilly was the 2012 artist-in-residence at the Art Institute of Boston, and in 2011 was awarded the Blanche E. Colman award. Her work was included in the 2007 DeCordova Museum Annual Exhibition, has been collected by the DeCordova Museum, the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Middlebury College Museum of Art, and is held in corporate and private collections internationally.

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