Anna Rail is a contemporary batik artist living in Dieppe, NB. Her personal life philosophy is to constantly push herself to explore, investigate and research. Expressing oneself is fundamental her happiness and well-being.
Anna discovered paper batik by chance and immediately fell in love: the technique is notably different from the traditional technique on textile. Her art form is unique and she is one of the very few artists in this part of the country who batiks exclusively on Japanese paper. She hopes to encourage others, especially youth, to feel comfortable expressing themselves and their views outside beaten tracks.
Sharing her fascination for Batik with the public is one of her goals. Batik on paper is little known so she takes every opportunity to educate the public on this Indonesian artisanal art form and exhibits not only her paintings but also displays the tools she uses. She works exclusively with handmade Japanese paper for this labour intensive technique. The paper's fibres provide exactly the qualities she is looking for: consistency, resistance and flexibility. Unryu, ginwashi and kinwashi papers provide the perfect texture to enhance her creations.
Serenity and simplicity are very important to Anna: inspiration comes from everyday life and personal experiences, from nature, the sea and from the people she meets during her travels. Her representational art is intended to convey an intimate point of view, a sense of personal communication with a whimsical flair. Flamboyant colors capture the essence of life without boundaries.
Anna has been exhibiting her batiks on paper in the Maritime provinces for a number of years. Presently she has an exhibit at the gallery at the Capitol Theatre in Moncton until the end of August 2018. “Voyage” is an intimate look at the universe of abandoned homes. She has decided to be their voice and tell their story by giving them a new life with flamboyant colors.
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