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Oil on Canvas, Mixed Media
Ann Stoddard is "a revolutionary-minded artist of radically intended originality"
-James Mann, Curator, Las Vegas Art Museum
In a beehive there are different kinds of bees:
workers and explorers. There are several other kinds, but for me those are the two most important. The explorer bees are creative bees of the hive. They continually fly around to find new sources of pollen. When they find one [new source], they fly back to the hive and give a signal to the other bees to tell them where the new discovery is.
"Then the worker bees fly out in a very-well ordered, controlled fashion and bring back the pollen. But the explorer bees don\'t comprehend the signals that tell the worker bees to harvest the pollen; they are designed just to fly around and explore."1.
I have realized that I am like the "explorer bee" and that search for pollen is like a search for meanings. I cannot help myself but create and explore and for some reason there is a common denominator that resurfaces; it is associated with quilts, with cutting, piecing, sections of memory, patterns, records, discs, visual poems, obsession with pattern, symbology, a subliminal surreal space, light and dark, visually speaking; far away from the tangible world; but sub-consciously, a very sensible, familiar program. A dissection of the imagination.
1. from The Creative Spirit. Goleman, Kaufman and Ray. pg.127. Penguin Books, Inc.,New York. 1992.