Causa Sui is Ann Stewart’s first solo exhibition at whitespace, features graphite drawings, intaglio prints, and 3D printed sculptures that continue Stewart’s investigation into the visualization of perception. Causa sui, which is latin for “cause of itself”, is a phenomenon that philosopher Jim Holt describes as entities bootstrapping themselves into existence. Using a process of pattern recognition and pattern generation, both finding and fabricating forms, Stewart is negotiating the boundary between randomness and structure. She creates impossible objects and disorienting spaces that swarm, merge, morph, cantilever, implode, and explode. The architectonic structures operate within their own gravitational fields to produce precarious junctures and intricate voids.
Ann Stewart received her MFA in Art from the University of Michigan and a BFA in Painting from Auburn University. She has shown her work at whitespace, International Print Center New York, Robert Henry Contemporary, Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia, Fay Gold Gallery, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, and the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. She has attended residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Penland School of Crafts, Anchor Graphics, and the Atlanta Printmakers Studio. She received a grant from Idea Capital, which has provided partial funding for the 3d printed sculptures in this exhibition.