Annie Buckley’s art amazes

By Manal Museitef |Staff Writer|

A charge of visual artists are illuminating the art world this spring with their inspiring and aesthetically pleasing pieces. One that shines in particular is CSUSB’s very own Annie Buckley, an assistant professor of visual studies.

Buckley’s work is known for hitting the personal nerves of her audience as she addresses the ideas of consciousness and connectivity.

“My goal was to express our sense of being, who we are as humans and our own individual experiences,” said Buckley.

Buckley has recently shown several of her pieces in an exhibit, “Annie Buckley: Into the Deep” held at CSUSB’s very own Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art (RAFFMA). Her very popular 9-piece work Hybrids showcased Buckley’s artistic prowess.

The collection from 2008-2009 contains digital collages designed as women morphing into trees or trees morphing into women, depending on one’s perspective.

Based off of her own niece, the piece Elizabeth Lemon was a young lady connecting with a lemon tree. Hybrids takes great focus on the connection humans have with nature.

“It came to me when I was doing a meditation and the image was stuck in my head for five years,” said Buckley. “When I started to trust the image, I first [created] one of me and then I invited women that I knew.”

The women in the art showed personable characteristics in that they chose their own wardrobe and type of tree. Buckley gets her inspiration from a variety of artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Annette Messager and a compilation of surrealists and other French artists.

Fortune Coat, which is exactly what you think it is (a coat covered in fortunes), was also featured in the exhibit and left art major Victoria Benegas moved and amused.

“There were some funny fortunes but I liked the way Professor Buckley said [that] if you wear the jacket its like an armor of endless possibilities,” said Benegas.

Buckley’s ability to concentrate on a particular body of work for a period of time works in her advantage. She allows audiences to universally relate and link their ideas of how we understand ourselves through various approaches.

“I like hearing what other people have to say more than what I have to say,” said Buckley. Her more minimalistic art consists of the trilogy Love Stories, which each contain endings to the phrase “They met, fell in love…”

“I wanted to create a piece that showed all possible endings in as few stories as possible,” said Buckley. “I wanted to show universal experience, individuality, something that everyone can relate to. And to incorporate other [people’s] responses; friends and family experiences, one person plus one person and love being the third character.”

As a studio art major, Eddie Montgomery was fascinated by Buckley’s piece Landscape, a digital collage of walking feet that make up a beautiful landscape.

“I like how she manipulated things, it makes you think of all the different things you can do with photography,” Montgomery said.

She expressed that her proudest moments as an artist include the process of creating the art itself. This goes to show how immense her passion for art is.

“Annie Buckley: Into the Deep” will be on display at the RAFFMA until July 31.

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