Anne Tait teaches printmaking and painting in the Visual Art Studies Program. She has a BA from Bowling Green State University in literature and art history, a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in printmaking and a MFA from the American University in Washington in painting.
Her work, from earlier oil paintings done in layers of oil glazes of translucent color on tondi (round paintings), expose a sinewy eccentric world of floating forms that push the picture plane in an intentionally disorientating setting, intending the purposeful subterfuge to be both mysterious and comedic. Her more recent work, prints, glass pieces and the accompanying images from the research the question her work ask look at death and the ways we that live contend with this question.
Tait’s earlier work addresses the establishment of self from conception to early self. Her recent work frames these questions by considering the truncation of life and the ending of it. Through her research on cemetery imagery and traditions of the 19th century, she addresses the culmination of earthly life. “Between conception and death the window is open on our potential” Tait contends with this framework and the implications this asks from our life and her artwork’s efforts to ask this.
She has been supported in her work through grants from the Rhode Island Council for the Arts and also the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities. She has also received awards for her efforts to preserve urban cemeteries in Providence.
Gestation, 2000, oil on glass, 42" in diameter