Mixed Media & Paintings by Anne Abendroth

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Handwoven Cloth, Canvas & Paint
The hand-woven non-wearable garments as soft 'costumes' or regalia are sewn onto canvas on stretcher bars, and the background canvas, and sometimes the woven surfaces are painted.  This mix of contemporary acrylic painting is a new approach to woven artworks.




Persian Warrior # 1 is the Captain of his troop of Persian warriors. He is a fierce fighter, and few doubt his word about anything. But his men consider him a fair leader, never wasting his troops in a losing battle. ”Better to move away and fight again another day” is his motto. His uniform and decorations are fairly simple, as he prefers to be known for his abilities, rather than his vanity. he, like the other Persians, have “a take no prisoner” mentality. Cruel, they could be called, but those were hard, nasty, and unforgiving times.

The Persians, over the many years, watched the Assyrians rise and fall, then the Medes. Now it is the Persians time to shine. They rebuilt Babylon and their headquarters was in Susa, not a far distance from Babylon. Their blue-green brick buildings were spectacular and impressive. The Pergamon Museum in Berlin has replicated these walls and they serve as the inspiration for this series.

Artist’s note: This costume was is woven in a “multiple tabby weave” structure, which I changed. When you look at the fabric from the front, you can see the diamond shapes rising vertically up the fabric. But when the observer stands at an angle to the work, the diamonds rise at a diagonal, moving up a winding path. Sneaky? Like the Persians? Stencils, acrylic paint and sponges make good Persian walls.








40” x 30” x 2”
Handwoven Costume on Stretched Canvas




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