Annette Cords works in various media and is inspired by language and science as methods for structuring information. Cords' recent Jacquard tapestries series investigates how we read and decipher visual information in order to construct meaning and navigate our everyday environment. Cords was born in northern Germany, and was educated at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. She has shown in Europe and in the US; and is a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts' artist fellowship, among other prestigious awards and grants.
works on canvas / paper
Series: Cognition Stroll
Born in the North of Germany, I was raised in the city of Hamburg and America. My father’s work as a high-energy physicist greatly influenced me. His world of science with synchrotrons, electromagnetic fields and sub-atomic particles traveling near the speed of light was fascinating and mysterious to me as a child. When I was growing up, I also spent long summers in the mountains of Wales with friends, who were artists, living self-sufficiently on a farm. Later, I moved back to America on my own for what I thought would be a year of college, and ended up staying much longer. I studied Studio Art and English Literature at Principia College, and received my MFA from the University of Pennsylvania.
Combining a variety of media, from painting to weaving and installation, I merge ideas and transform materials. Solo and two person exhibitions include Between Two Horizons, Kang Contemporary, Berlin; Cognition Stroll, Project: ARTspace, New York; Sideways, New York Public Library, New York; Diamond Days, Villa Rosenthal, Jena, Germany; Klangfarben, Jenaer Kunstverein, Jena; Turnarounds, AxD Gallery, Philadelphia; and Cross-Coupling, Posie Kviat Gallery, Hudson, NY. My work has appeared in group shows at numerous venues, including The Drawing Center, Queens Museum, Odetta Gallery, Kentler International Drawing Space, MASS MoCA, The Poor Farm, LG Tripp Gallery, Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles, and Michael Steinberg Fine Art. I am the recipient of several grants and residencies, including a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and a Change Inc, Robert Rauschenberg Fellowship.