I am fascinated by the perversity of nature. My current work casts a critical, scientific, and humorous eye on the mutagenesis of form, from the cellular level to the limb. It examines and celebrates that moment of translation from        cerebral to visceral. Like the pataphysician, I look to create a new world of imaginative unreality.

While much of my work has evolved into the form of installation, the individual object and the objects within these     installations are where the ideas originate.

The art that I find most intriguing are those that require of the viewer a mental jump to bridge the synapses: from the concrete to the metaphysical to the pataphysical, scientific to abstract to imaginary. I aim for my art to effect a visceral reaction, both literally (in actual space) and conceptually (the space between your ears.) In that fraction of time between first seeing and then feeling the trajectory of the work there is a joyous mental “aha” moment.  Beyond its conceptual genesis, however, I aim to create work that can reinvent itself according to the viewer’s own experiential connection, and as such becomes universal, transcending a single interpretation.

 

Annette was born and raised in Northern California. She completed her undergraduate degree at U.C. Berkeley, where she studied Genetics and Art, and she received her M.F.A. at the California College of the Arts. Annette is a winner of the 2018 international art competition Premio O.R.A. Italia, and was awarded a solo exhibition at 3)5 Arte Contemporanea, a contemporary art gallery in Italy. Recently she was honored with an artist residency at the Morris Graves Foundation in Humboldt County. Her sculpture has been exhibited in solo and group shows locally and nationally, including the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, The Falkirk Cultural Center, Petaluma Art Center, and the Kellogg University Art Center in Los Angeles, among many others. Annette is a visiting lecturer at St. Mary’s College in Moraga.



The portfolio "Gifts" contains examples from a period where I began to create a kind of alchemical medicine. All at     once, it seems, friends and family began to have illnesses of all sorts. I decided to create replacement parts for them.  Kidneys for Chad, who received a transplant; a uterus for Jean, whose cancer is at bay; an ear for Emily who went  suddenly and inexplicably deaf in one ear; a heart for Bret who was in his early forties, lungs for Sylvia and for Karl,
whose cancers won, and so on.

While I was initially using extremely fragile materials in an effort to capture and examine the precarious division
between a healthy cell and a dying one, I found that insect wings and sewn leaf skeletons deteriorated far too quickly.
My ill friends needed sturdy parts... sturdier than what they received in the first round. I began to work with metal, and
to encase the leaves and insects in resin.

As a bit of comic relief for myself, I began the series "Gifts from the Cats". Ironically, as I was giving body parts away,
true viscera started to be given to me. Primarily insects and mice, with the occasional rat or bird, my felines provided
the medium. They are now imbedded in resin, enigmatic and perfectly preserved jewels. Frozen in time. The two lines
of work--the creation of replacement parts and the preservation of the remnants of death--have become intertwined. 

Follow me on Instagram: annette.goodfriend

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I am fascinated by the perversity of nature. My current work casts a critical, scientific, and humorous eye on the mutagenesis of form, from the cellular level to the limb. It examines and celebrates that moment of translation from        cerebral to visceral. Like the pataphysician, I look to create a new world of imaginative unreality.

While much of my work has evolved into the form of installation, the individual object and the objects within these     installations are where the ideas originate.

The art that I find most intriguing are those that require of the viewer a mental jump to bridge the synapses: from the concrete to the metaphysical to the pataphysical, scientific to abstract to imaginary. I aim for my art to effect a visceral reaction, both literally (in actual space) and conceptually (the space between your ears.) In that fraction of time between first seeing and then feeling the trajectory of the work there is a joyous mental “aha” moment.  Beyond its conceptual genesis, however, I aim to create work that can reinvent itself according to the viewer’s own experiential connection, and as such becomes universal, transcending a single interpretation.

 

Annette was born and raised in Northern California. She completed her undergraduate degree at U.C. Berkeley, where she studied Genetics and Art, and she received her M.F.A. at the California College of the Arts. Annette is a winner of the 2018 international art competition Premio O.R.A. Italia, and was awarded a solo exhibition at 3)5 Arte Contemporanea, a contemporary art gallery in Italy. Recently she was honored with an artist residency at the Morris Graves Foundation in Humboldt County. Her sculpture has been exhibited in solo and group shows locally and nationally, including the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, The Falkirk Cultural Center, Petaluma Art Center, and the Kellogg University Art Center in Los Angeles, among many others. Annette is a visiting lecturer at St. Mary’s College in Moraga.



The portfolio "Gifts" contains examples from a period where I began to create a kind of alchemical medicine. All at     once, it seems, friends and family began to have illnesses of all sorts. I decided to create replacement parts for them.  Kidneys for Chad, who received a transplant; a uterus for Jean, whose cancer is at bay; an ear for Emily who went  suddenly and inexplicably deaf in one ear; a heart for Bret who was in his early forties, lungs for Sylvia and for Karl,
whose cancers won, and so on.

While I was initially using extremely fragile materials in an effort to capture and examine the precarious division
between a healthy cell and a dying one, I found that insect wings and sewn leaf skeletons deteriorated far too quickly.
My ill friends needed sturdy parts... sturdier than what they received in the first round. I began to work with metal, and
to encase the leaves and insects in resin.

As a bit of comic relief for myself, I began the series "Gifts from the Cats". Ironically, as I was giving body parts away,
true viscera started to be given to me. Primarily insects and mice, with the occasional rat or bird, my felines provided
the medium. They are now imbedded in resin, enigmatic and perfectly preserved jewels. Frozen in time. The two lines
of work--the creation of replacement parts and the preservation of the remnants of death--have become intertwined. 

Follow me on Instagram: annette.goodfriend

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