Illustrator Interview: Anne Roecklein


Anne Roecklein has made the cover art for Boca Chica’s single on EardrumsPop.

She is a creative professional living and working in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (US). Her work is about our attempts to know and understand the world through our desires. Her collage and assemblage pieces address relationships between original/reproduction, parts/whole, real/imaginary, and the visual impact of accumulation.

Vintage paper ephemera serve as the starting point for much of her current work. Hybridized images and objects populate the ambiguous spaces of this work, in which relationships between desire and dissatisfaction, attraction and repulsion, wistfulness and floundering are explored. Through the conflation and layering of these images, utopian daydreaming and the impossibility of perfection are experienced and explored.

Anne holds a BA from Carleton College, MPS from Pratt Institute, and MFA from Indiana University. Her work has been exhibited at the Begehungen Art Festival in Chemnitz, Germany; Daniel Cooney Fine Art, New York, NY; the Lexington Art League, Lexington, Kentucky; christopher west presents, Indianapolis, IN; PrintRoom, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Gallery NoMINIMO, Guayaquil, Ecuador; and other national and international venues.


This is our illustrator Interview with Anne Roecklein:

What are you working on right now?

I’m working on a bunch of big new composite landscape collages. These are about trying to get all of the best places in to one amazing and impossible conflated place.

What are your favourite tools?

Scissors and x-acto blades.

Please tell us about the process of making the EardrumsPop-cover! Is this the way you usually work?

I focused in on a section of a larger collage titled ‘pop song’ to make this cover. It’s all based on the way I usually work, but tailored to Boca Chica, these new songs, and the needs of a record cover.

Who / what are your greatest visual inspirations?

There are many artists and designers who I respect, but I think it’s more interesting to talk about the stuff that I see that sparks ideas, like: fishing lures, jelly fish, diatoms, neatly stacked produce at the grocery store, satellites, graphs- this list could get really long.


Is music or other forms of art an inspiration? If so, what do you listen to?

I love listening to music when I’m in the studio, usually with my huge, dorky headphones on. And music is incredibly inspirational to me. It’s so direct, and emotional, and sometimes overwhelming. I want my work to have an impact like this but we experience visual things so differently, so much quieter usually. Music makes me think about mood in my own work, and makes me want to make big pieces with a lot of visual density. My current iPod favorites are all over the place: Luna, ELO, Ratatat, Electrelane, Camera Obscura, Stars, Band of Annuals, and Boca Chica, of course.

How did you develop your style? Is it different now than when you started?

My style has grown out of an iterative process of noticing when I am attracted to something (materials, colors, whatever) and asking myself what I am trying to communicate, then making, and asking myself the same questions about the work again. Evolution is built in to my process- there would probably be something problematic if the work didn’t change over time.

What’s your favorite color?

Pale blue/green, bubblegum pink, a light chartreuse, ahh! I have too many favorite colors!

What are your future plans? Any exciting things you are looking forward to?

I’d love to do more work like this cover. And I’ve got a collaborative residency coming up this summer that will involve collage and screen printing- very exciting!

What question and answer would you like to end this interview with?

I love the collaborative art/music nature of this project. Music influences me when I work and sometimes the mood translates to something visual. I’ve always wondered if musicians “see” their work too, if they ever picture sound visually in patterns or colors. And if so, what these images look like. I’d love to know.

Read more and see more of Anne Roecklein‘s art at

www.anneroecklein.net