About the Artist
Annie B Campbell is a ceramic sculptor and tenure-track Professor of Art in the Department of Art & Art History at Auburn University and she lives in Opelika, Alabama, USA. At Auburn she teaches all levels of hand-building and wheel-thrown ceramics. She received her Bachelor of Fine Art from the Department of Crafts and Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2004, with a focus in ceramics. She received her Master of Fine Art in Studio Ceramics from Indiana University, Bloomington in May 2010. She has completed artist’s residencies at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Maine (2005), The Scottish Sculpture Workshop, UK (2011), Studio 550 in New Hampshire (2012), was a Distinguished Fellow at Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences in Georgia (2015), and The Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop (2019). She maintains an active studio practice and continues to exhibit her sculpture and installations nationally and internationally.
In 2017 she learned that her infant son had a rare and dangerous neurological disorder. Her newest body of work, neuronal forms made from porcelain, stoneware, wire and LEDs, is inspired by this life-altering experience with her son. What began as catharsis, evolved into a new visual vocabulary. The dendrites of neurons (brain cells) resemble tree branches and root systems. These forms serve as a metaphor for, and symbol, of society’s dysfunctional relationship with nature. They are malformed, diseased and deteriorating, their connections weakened by abnormal impulses; a dissonance caused by a detachment from their origins. The work explores the danger of ambivalence in the face of environmental crisis.