Annie Zirin received a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2014) and a Master of Education from Lesley University (1998).
My artistic practice engages in material and formal exploration in relation to the histories of weaving, stitching, painting and drawing. Weaving is a language of pattern, color, texture, and rhythm. I am interested the work of hands, the self taught artist, the artisan, the amateur crafter, and the deeply human need to make things. In weaving specifically, I am fascinated by the conflict between the weave structure--which is planned and mathematical--and the messy, unpredictable intrusion of spontaneous decisions that come up in the process of weaving.
My political world view—socialism— informs the way I view and make art. My horizons have been vastly expanded by social struggles like LGBTQ liberation, Black Lives Matter, Feminism for the 99%, disability rights, and union struggles. There is no question that art has helped me (and millions of others) envision a better world that is both possible, and urgently necessary. In the words of the playwright Dominique Morisseau, I am drawn to “the spirit of disruption.” Or as political theorist Daniel Bensaid said in another context “the eruption of the possible into the routine of the real.”