Ann Chukharev-Hudilainen

Ann Chukharev-Hudilainen

"When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me'".
Erma Bombeck

Ann was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia and moved to Ames, IA in 2012 where she lives now with her husband and son. While living in Russia she was a part of many unbelievable experiences and saw many unforgetful scenes. Traveling around the country as a flight attendant and moving to the US also enriched her knowledge and impression background.

Starting to paint from a very childhood, Ann always wanted to be a “real” artist and was taking every possible opportunity to make that happen. Being a part of both a creative art studio and an academic school was a big step on this long way to turn her passion for painting into her job. She also writes poetry and enjoys reading books which is expected from a person with a degree in philology.

Abstractionism, flat rich colors and minimalism used in these works are the tools to emphasize the ability to see the inside of things - the energy that a place, a person or an event is radiating.

The sharpness of forms, color contrasts and extensive composition allow one to experience focusing on everything and on nothing at the same time. This experience can be compared with a situation when someone is talking to a person and then leaves with an idea that he or she knows and understands this person pretty well, although they might not even remember their friend’s face. As Albert Camus was pointing out in one of his novels – souls can go up and see each other leaning on the glass of the peoples’ eyes. This precious feeling can also appear when one is just watching the view from the window of a moving car. He or she sees unconsciously how everything is passing by and in the end of their trip they have an idea of what that area looked like, what was it about, they can remember its character and spirit, although they didn’t step out of their car.

All art is based on seeking and seeing that undersurface truth about this world. And this is why visual art is so close to poetry – they both use the same techniques but different tools. In poetry the meaning of words in a sentence is bigger than a compound of the meanings of the individual words. In art there are colors, shapes and other visual art methods of expression that function just like words in poetry. Pure symbolism and abstractionism ideas in this show and in these pictures are spiced with an artist’s own soul and spirit. Some very special glasses that Ann invites us to put on and see the world differently.