Anne Muntges Limited Edition Tote
For Giving Tuesday, Brooklyn Cloth has partnered with the Children’s Museum of Art, to create a Limited Edition Tote or men and women. Less than 24 units were produced.
We had the opportunity to work with Anne Muntges on this amazing tote.
My work focuses on the theme of the home and finding a place for myself within it. The imagery I use questions ideas about interior and exterior space and my interactions within it. I often recreate the environments I inhabit through obsessive mark making in drawing and installation processes. Physically, this manifests through two-dimensional and three-dimensional environments. In my two-dimensional settings, I use panel or paper to drawn on or manipulate with ink, paint, graphite, dirt, spray paint or screen printing processes. My three-dimensional environments allow for me to create installations by building out home interiors and priming each surface to create a new blank palette for my drawn hatch marks. My interiors then become interactive and function as a living drawing.
Q&A with the artist
1. The design came from a section of the wallpaper in my installation for the CMA Bridge Project called Drawn In.
2. I’ve wanted to be an artist for most of my life. I was fortunate enough to have encouraging parents and because of this I feel like I have always been making art.
3. I am not sure I always know when something is complete. Like most artists I also question that but I find that it helps to remove myself from a piece. Sometimes that means not returning to it for a week so that it feels fresh. After coming back, if I still feel good about it, then I say it’s done. If not, I jump back in and keep working.
4. There are many drawings I wish I had done differently, but no major projects I regret. Every piece I do is a learning process and the more time I have the better it gets. I don’t regret the choices I’ve made for my major projects because without them I wouldn’t be making work I am proud of.
5. My most important tool is a willingness to change. My work ranges from drawing to sculpture to video—there is no one tool that works for all of those. I’ve had to learn to be flexible. Good artists are not limited to one or two things—they are willing to explore.
6. There are a lot of incredible artists but the two that have been my biggest influences are Shel Silverstein and Edward Gorey. Both mastered the ability to capture worlds of heavy imagination through the most beautiful pen and ink drawings.
Anne Muntges is an artist who makes highly detailed drawings, prints, and installation art based on concepts of the home. Born in Denver and based in Brooklyn, her work was recently on view in the exhibition Work From Home: Anne Muntges & Alan Ruiz, with Art-In-Building at 125 Maiden Lane. Her work has been exhibited in New York at the New York Foundation for the Arts, International Print Center and Lilac Museum Steamship; in Chicago at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art; in Buffalo at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, the University at Buffalo Gallery, and Indigo Gallery; and in Knoxville as a part of the Southern Graphics Council International Conference. She received a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from the University at Buffalo. Muntges completed a residencies at Anchor Graphics, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Vermont Studio Center, & Ox-Bow, and received a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Printmaking/Drawing/Artist Books in 2014. In 2017, Muntges was awarded fellowships at BRIC in Brooklyn, NY ,Guttenberg Arts in Guttenberg, NJ, ant the Roswell Artist in Residence Program in Roswell, NM.