Anne Muntges is an artist who makes highly detailed drawings, prints, and installation art based on concepts of the home. Born in Denver and based in Buffalo, her work is currently on view in the exhibition Anne Muntges: Skewed Perspectives (June 13-August 9, 2015) at Big Orbit Gallery (Buffalo). Her work has been exhibited in New York at the Charles A. Gallery and Lilac Museum Steamship; in Chicago at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art; in Buffalo at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, the University at Buffalo Gallery, and Indigo Gallery; and in Knoxville as a part of the Southern Graphics Council International Conference. She received a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from the University at Buffalo. Muntges completed a residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in 2013, and received a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Printmaking/Drawing/Artist Books in 2014. In 2015, Muntges was awarded an artist residency at the Vermont Studio Center.
In my work I use imagery of the home to question ideas about architectural space, the nature of our interaction with it, and our perception of it. The home is an environment that creates atmosphere and structure through its constructed elements and decorations. These elements directly inform my drawing and sculpture so that the pieces can challenge the way we think about the spaces we inhabit.
My work exists in two different ways: two dimensionally (panels or paper drawn with ink, paint, graphite, dirt, spray paint, or screen-printing) and three-dimensionally (installations done by building home interiors to life size, priming every surface white and drawing hatch marks.) My drawings add chaos to the domestic home by skewing perspectives of walls and doors, changing the layout of rooms by morphing them into human figures, and abruptly inserting non-conventional architectural features. My installations challenge ones sense of space by making 3 dimensional pieces appear as flat drawings. The work is meant to disturb the order of perfection found in our home so that elements of grace are starkly contrasted with moments of discomfort.