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(Les Peintures série 2019)
Le travail d’AnnMarie Tornabene ne laisse pas indifférent ! De plus, il est assez inclassable. L’artiste nous emmène dans un univers onirique où, telle Narcisse s’amusant de sa propre image, elle nous dévoile les différentes facettes de son moi.
Son visage est souvent remplacé par celui d’un animal... Or, on sent bien – derrière le symbole – qu’elle laisse émerger ainsi sa part d’animalité. Cet artifice permet la synthèse avec un monde très ancien, caché au plus profond de nous, que nous cherchons à occulter et qui dirige toujours nos sentiments les plus intimes. Un monde mystérieux que les dieux ont essayé – vainement – d’engloutir sous le Déluge. Car la force vitale de ce royaume déchu hante depuis toujours l’humanité...
AnnMarie Tornabene a eu le courage de nous entrouvrir un peu le mystère profond de son âme. Dans ses « Allégories » les photos deviennent tableaux, les tableaux prennent vie et... la vie s’y exprime dans la photo. C’est bien de surréalité dont nous parlons. (Allegorie série 2017-2018)
- Phillipe Litzler - OpenEye Magazine
(Translated from Italian).
In AnnMarie Tornabene's work there is consistency. Themes and subjects are woven together into the same theme; and do not deviate from the task of telling a dream universe or describing the terms of an esoteric world that, as far as we can tell ourselves, we are absorbed in the porosity of our formation; and all kept together by the silent presence of a medium known to us through the History of Art: the angels..
The journey around the theme of death is complemented by every interpreter, and we only have to consolidate some conclusions, though AnnMarie Tornabene will share how ephemeral is every attempt to "explain" death. Yet her effort is more than praiseworthy, her work is surrounded by a painful and delicate poetics like her images that evoke suggestions from the depths. Nothing is overlooked, form and substance dialogue with the pursuit of meaning, a sense that pleases the eyes but does not neglect the thought.
- Giuseppe Cicozzetti - Scriptphotography
AnnMarie was always a favorite winner in the B J Spoke Gallery's competitions and shows. Her work was highly original and well produced. We also liked that she was an early advocate for liking one's self image and supporting women in that idea. Her body of work is unforgettable.
Thanks - A-M T
- Marilyn Levy - gallery director and manager B.J. Spoke Gallery, New York
I was at first shocked and then intrigued by AnnMarie Tornabene’s revealing self-portraits, all of which show the artist nude outdoors. But these are not ordinary nudes, for Ms. Tornabene’s body is so ample that sitting in water or reclining in nature, she looks like a soft sculpture.
A statement in the exhibition brochure gives some clue to her thinking. She speaks of the images as responding to issues she has experienced in her life: abuse directed at her obesity, problems with sex and relationships, and anxieties about her self-image in a society that rewards and celebrates one body type to the exclusion and ridicule of others. She bravely asks us to look, and look again, to find beauty in her size. And she succeeds.
- Benjamin Genocchio - NY Times
To view a photograph by AnnMarie Tornabene is akin to studying a chapter in art history. One senses immediately the Old Master pedigree behind many of her images. What is it about AnnMarie's photographs that set them apart from her art historical sources? The first and most obvious is the medium itself, photography, a thoroughly modern art form, though, that is not meant to over-simplify the point. Tornabene's aesthetic is anything but modern; the photographs are statements against contemporary and digital art, hence their rich art historical lineage.
- Dr. Stephen Lamia, PhD - gallery director, The Anthony Girodano Gallery, New York
Edward Weston once said of a contemporary that "He doesn't have to try to be different -- he *is* different." That's what I see in her work as opposed to most -- she is not trying to be different, she is trying to say something important to her and the result is that her work *is* different.
- Ron Hammond, photographer
AnnMarie Tornabene examines the specifics of her own face and form as the terrain of conflict. Her series of self-portraits seeks to resolve confusion through revelation, although hesitancy and ambivalence are evident in these touching images.
- Helen Harrison - NY Times