Ann Johnson

Ann Johnson explores the truths and consequences of slavery through her body of work. She incorporates a futuristic approach to the subject by printing images on raw cotton, gauze, and tree leaves, as well as integrating an array of found objects and contemporary images. Through the intricacy and multifaceted nature of her pieces, Ann Johnson acknowledges the pain and ills of slavery, as well as the survival and existence of its ancestors. Johnson presents a body of work that speaks at a greater depth and questions humanity—work that explores hard truths and breathes conversation. Ann Johnson received her undergraduate degree in Home Economics at Prairie View A&M University (TX), where she currently teaches. She has earned a M.A. in Humanities from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and a M.F.A. with a concentration in printmaking from The Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Johnson has been in various solo and group exhibitions. In 2017, at Art League Houston, she organized a group show, "How Do I Say Her Name", featuring work by nine women artists of color. The exhibition spawned "She Matters", another group show organized by Ann Johnson in 2019 at Texas A&M. In 2019, Johnson was part of a two-person exhibition, "HARVEST", on view at the Houston Museum of African American Culture.
Artist's CV: 

House Negro

House Negro, 2020, transfer print, gilding, 13 1/2 x 53 x 35 1/2"

Yes I am my ancestors

Yes I am my ancestors, 2020, transfer print, gilding, 13 1/2 x 53 x 35 1/2"

Concubine

Ann Johnson, "Concubine", 2019, transfer print, found objects, 33 1/2 x 19 x 1 1/2"

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Ann Johnson, "Home", 2019, intaglio, found objects, 5 1/2 x 7 1/4 x 2 1/4" (open)

Freedmen

Freedmen, 2019, assemblage, found objects, 8 x 6 1/2 x 2 1/4"

9

9, 2019, intaglio on raw cotton, found objects, 16 1/2 x 11 x 2 1/4"

Freedman

Freedman, 2019, intaglio, embossing, found objects, 52 x 14"
Freedman (detail), 2019, intaglio, embossing, found objects, 52 x 14"

Anxiety

Anxiety, 2019, intaglio, found objects, 9 x 4 1/4 x 6"
Anxiety, 2019, intaglio, found objects, 9 x 4 1/4 x 6"

Bonded

Bonded, 2019, intaglio on sycamore leaf, found objects, 12 x 14 1/2 x 2" (open)

Gentrification's...

Gentrification's Song, 2017, intaglio, embossing, found objects, 18 1/2 x 8 x 4"

We must protect this...

We must protect this house, 2016, found objects, gold leaf, transparence, 31 1/2 x 8 3/4 x 1 1/4"

Mama's Boy

Mama's Boy, 2016, intaglio, found objects, 25 1/2 x 8 1/4 x 3 1/2"

Nesting Charles

Nesting Charles, 2016, intaglio, found objects, 26 1/2 x 8 1/4 x 3 1/2"

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Ann Johnson, "Migration #3", 2011, mixed media, intaglio on magnolia leaf, found objects, 5 x 7

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Ann Johnson, "Steel Brothers", 2011, mixed media, intaglio on magnolia leaf, found objects, 5 x 7"

Migration

Migration, 2014, mixed media, i.s. 7 x 19" / f.s. 9 x 21 x 5 1/2"

Sold Inventory

Ode to Betye

Ode to Betye, 2019, assemblage, found objects, 8 1/2 x 9 1/2 x 5 1/4" (open)

Observation

Observation, 2019, intaglio on raw cotton, found objects, embossing, 7 1/2 x 12 x 2" (open)

They Called Her Indian...

They Called Her Indian Emma, 2011, intaglio and found objects, 10 x 10"

A Battle for Redemption

A Battle for Redemption, 2012, iron relief prints, transfer prints on canvas apron, found objects, 28 x 13"

St. Mammy Mother...

St. Mammy Mother Redemption, 2012, iron relief prints, transfer prints on canvas apron, found objects, 40 1/2 x 24"

The Beauty from Here

The Beauty from Here, 2011, mixed media, intaglio on magnolia leaf, found objects, 10 x 10"

They Say She was Color...

They Say She was Color Struck, 2011, intaglio on sycamore leaf and found objects, i.s. 5 x 3 1/2" / f.s. 8 1/4 x 6 1/4"