Anne Buckwalter is an American painter. She has participated in residency programs in the US and in Canada, and is a 2016 recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Artist Grant. Her work has been exhibited in Boston, Montréal, Toronto, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, New York, and Rome, among other cities. She lives and works in Philadelphia, PA.
Inspired by the historic tradition of allegorical painting, my work explores how gender-related expectations are defined and disrupted. My paintings portray female figures uncannily situated in vast expanses of empty space. Very often, these fictional women engage in mysterious behaviors or act out strange performances. At once quiet and disquieting, these scenes employ uncertainty, tension, and ambiguity as a way of investigating the emptiness of socially constructed roles.
My current work uses the folk art traditions of my Pennsylvania Dutch ancestry as a framework for exploring silence and shame in relationship to the female body. The distinctive style of Pennsylvania Dutch decorative art is something I associate with my sense of home and comfort, and I’m interested in using this familiar language to translate a topic that, when I was growing up, was uncomfortable to talk about. I hope for this work to draw attention to cultural muteness about female health.