Anna Membrino

Region: West


City / State: Dallas, TX

I create my fictional environments in order to explore the vast possibilities of perceptions when viewing very simple, invented tableaus. These assemblages contain actual plants and rocks intermingled with forgeries in the form of blank silhouettes. Each painting is inspired by one of these three-dimensional arrangements. I’m interested in creating a space that hovers between still life and landscape, between a real location and a surreal invention. The natural objects act as anchors in these narratives, small pieces of information that viewers can hold onto as they decide how to inhabit each fictional scene.

Each shape, plant, or ray of toned light serves as a character in my vignettes, which test the viewer’s ability to experience a place with very little understanding of its scale or authenticity.