T H E  H U M A N.  

Annie Kielman is a Chicago based artist whose multi-media work focuses on discomfort with ambiguity through manipulations of process, material, and language. Annie received her MFA in Printmedia from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013. She currently teaches at Harold Washington College and School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is co-founder of a Print shop and shared artist space in Lawndale. Annie has exhibited and lectured widely in Chicago and throughout the US.


I am interested in how the rules of our physical world and bodies design our gestures, and how those gestures serve as anchors in a digital space. The artworks aim to reflect ((exist within) linger inside) between-spaces where their slippages across fixed languages develop different ways of understanding and experiencing our bodies.

There is a surrender to the physical ((to touching) to manipulation within process) in the work that echoes a universal necessity for adaptation in order to flourish. Using an almost maniacal self-mining of imagery as the foundation for the physical layers of the artworks, their shifts between flat, sculptural, performative, and digital realms parallel the mirroring and splicing of our digital reflections.

The adaptation within process becomes a stand in for where choreography meets impulse, interpretation meets translation, and where pattern becomes obsessive ((inescapable) necessary scaffolding).

But, how does adaptation lead to questions of reflection, orientation, belief, or perversity? How does unpredictability threaten the knowing? How are our digital selves diffracted through these permanent physical structures?