When Ann Messner made Whirlpool, she was playing intensely with ideas and welding steel. Structures swirled in her mind and appeared in her sketchbooks. Powdered metal was mixed into her inks. The images in the print are kin to her sculptural multiples Tools of the Trade.
Ann Messner‘s fierce native curiosity is focused on happenstance and power in life with a pursuit of meaning. She has shown internationally for many years. Her public installations have been sited at New York's City Hall, Times Square, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art. Ann has been a Bunting Fellow at Radcliffe College, and has received the Anonymous Was A Woman Award, a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Award, a Henry Moore International Fellowship (UK) and a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Fellowship. She has been a Senior Fellow of the Council of the Humanities at Princeton University and has taught and lectured at numerous other prestigious institutions.