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Annie B. Varnot
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Bedford-Stuyvesant



ARTIST STATEMENT: I accumulate discarded objects and nontraditional materials, transforming them through painstaking methods into sculptures and installations. Both material and process are significant to the content of my work. The origin of this body of work came from finding unusual used lab equipment in a chicken coop while I was on a residency in California. Within the piles of specialized junk, I attached myself to an extra large highly polished silicon wafer, suspended in a plastic wafer carrier labeled "Varian." I was told that these types of disks were used to test the quality of certain samples. Mulling over the damaging effects of industrialization and consumer culture on the natural landscape, I began to imagine the scientific production of a landscape. In these pieces, the mysterious lab samples explode into synthetic wonderlands composed not only of the found scientific objects, but also miscellaneous debris, pvc pipes, multi-colored wires, and electric colored drinking straws linked together, suggesting slime tubes, coral and honeycombs. With references to nature, these lab-scapes are a play on production, reproduction, and the spirit of growth.
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  • Air Orogeny
    2012
    Mixed Media Installation

  • Oh Varian Sea
    212
    Mixed Media Installation

  • Varian Sea Revisited
    2009
    Drinking straws, mixed media

  • Varian Sea
    Drinking straws, mixed media

  • Varian Sea (detail)
    Drinking straws, mixed media

  • Perelandra
    Drinking straws, mixed media

  • Perelandra (detail)
    Drinking straws, mixed media

  • Green Window
    2005
    Drinking straws, mixed media   Site-Specific

  • Trap
    Drinking straws, mixed media

  • Trap
    Drinking straws, mixed media

  • Swelling
    Drinking straws, mixed media

  • Swelling
    Drinking straws, mixed media

  • Hormone Fertility Goddess
    2008
    Mixed media

  • From A Home
    2007
    Mixed media

  • From A Home
    2008
    Mixed media

  • Birth of the Unknown
    2012
    Chicken Eggs, Hydrocal

  • Untitled

  • W/hole (Video Still)
    2012
    Video Still

  • W/hole (Video Still)
    2012
    Video Still
 








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