Paintings by Annelise Atlas of humans living in a divided, turbulent world

© Annelise Atlas. All images courtesy of the artist and via submission.

In Zen philosophy, it's believed that everything is in a state of 'becoming' or 'unbecoming'. In her latest series of paintings, American artist Annelise Atlas explores the space in-between.

As you can imagine, her artworks are full of emotion and turmoil. They consider the "invisible forces that create physical reactions". For instance, Atlas considers why people stop holding hands with a loved one or forget a word in their mother-tongue. She ponders why loss creates a recklessness, how we cannot understand wind other than to feel it or watch its power or subtlety.

"In today’s political climate, people are so exhausted by insisting one idea is correct and another is wrong that they neglect the whole and create more distance and dissonance inside of the spaces they share as humans having a collective experience," says Atlas. This informs the theme of her latest work.

After moving from Boston to Florida to finish college, Annelise Atlas spent the better part of two years in a print shop learning traditional copper etching, woodblock, and linocut printing. She later graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design and a minor in Art History from the University of South Florida. In 2019, Atlas co-founded a design studio, Deadletter.

© Annelise Atlas

© Annelise Atlas

© Annelise Atlas

© Annelise Atlas

© Annelise Atlas

© Annelise Atlas

© Annelise Atlas

© Annelise Atlas

© Annelise Atlas

© Annelise Atlas

© Annelise Atlas

© Annelise Atlas