a sleep disturbed

September 4 th 2009

Oil, acrylic and latex spray paint on metal

a sleep disturbed is one in a series of three paintings created in 2006. They depict a woman asleep but restless. The paintings include layers of latex spray paint, acrylic paint, and oil paint on a metal surface and have visible bolts in the upper corners. In creating this work I was fascinated with the way the cold, industrial object contrasted with the intimacy and softness of the image. The state of being asleep figured prominently in my work during this time, and though it's sometimes difficult to put words to the concepts that motivate the creation of a painting, I think sleep represents a kind of dormancy to me. Even in spiritual dormancy, there is a transformative disquiet that breathes change into the troubled spirit and leads the soul closer to its longed-for destination and the true rest found therein.

Topics: Arts

Anna Kocher graduated from Gordon College in 2002 with a BA in Fine Arts. Since that time she has been working for commission and exhibiting locally in suburban Philadelphia, where she lives with her husband and two small children. Her work focuses primarily on the human figure which she uses to explore the many dichotomies, contradictions and alchemies present between such things as mortality and eternity, sin and salvation, fear and hope, ugliness and beauty.