Primarily working as a sculptor in wood, ceramic and paper mache, Anne Chu derives her inspiration from historic sculptures spanning east and west. Exploring the banal and sensual aspects of everyday common objects, she combines realistic and fantastic images, using found objects as well as handmade materials. She creates a dichotomy between the ancient and the modern by infusing her work with a contemporary aesthetic. Though inspired, her works never imitate. History is sprinkled with elements of fairytale to create fantastical scenes. Using dreamy representational tones of greys, pinks, and yellows Chu creates a dynamic fusion spanning time and the globe. During her time at Dieu Donné, Chu produced work that was both sculptural and two-dimensional flat sheets. Her sculptural forms played out the dichotomy between ancient and present while her two-dimension works continued to explore the fantastical world of her creation. Her common objects pose drolly on pedestals located somewhere between sculpture and cartoon.
Born in New York City, Anne Chu received a BFA from Philadelphia College of Art and a MFA from Columbia University. She now lives and works in New York City.
Workspace Program artist-in-residence 1994