Anna Dibble: Canines & Primates
Canine dinner parties with a human twist. An animated discussion about Darwin’s boat, a blue skinned woman in a sleeveless white dress, an unhappy Indian Runner Duck. Loosely painted fictional mutts posing in earnest for their portraits. The animals sit around brightly colored tables, musing, barking, singing, clutching wine glasses or coffee cups, sometimes dressed in clothes, sometimes naked, and often uncomfortable with the whole situation or themselves. Food is usually involved – Coq au Vin, Roast Duck Pizza, Moules Frites, Roasted Mullet. This is the curious world of Vermont painter and writer, Anna Dibble, whose latest works will be exhibited at the Atrium Gallery at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington – January 16 through March 18, 2011. The exhibit will coincide with Simon’s Rock’s Annual International Women’s Day Conference on March 5, 2011.
“Dibble’s people dogs are a cross between caricatures and portraits. Given her background – as an animation artist for Hanna-Barbera, Marvel and Disney – it is only natural that her creatures would be cartoonish vehicles for expression and personality. These dogs sigh, roll their eyes, mull the state of the world and smile wolfishly….Dibble seems not to worry about refining the images, and so they are direct and seem remarkably free of the kind of fastidiousness that can kill the original spontaneity of a work of art….” Anne Galloway – Times Argus, Montpelier, Vermont
For over 35 years Dibble has shown her paintings and sculpture in solo and group shows throughout New England. Dibble’s current series of oil and mixed media paintings – Canines and Primates - are about everyday human angst and dilemma told through a dog’s point of view: Macklin and Tink share a glass of wine as they compare notes on the brevity of life and the joys of rolling in horse manure, a white dog named Sparky flirts with a Hooded Merganser, a raven in a red dress flutters her wings….
Anna Dibble’s current work reflects her interest in food, story, natural history, and a Dadaistic view of modern life: dogs, animal people, and humor as metaphors for our nonsensical human condition.