Artist Statement: Willetts’ paintings borrow, visually, from scientific and anatomical diagrams. She maps both the body and mind as entangled experiences of object and subjecthood. Her work questions how a sense of self is constructed through physical and mental processes that are fallible, constructed unconsciously, and subject to change. Central to all Willetts’ work is an investigation of chance processes. She enjoys watching her mind struggle with the dual impulses to invoke chaos and insist on order.
Angela Willetts hails from the North of England, and has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for eighteen years. She received her Bachelors degree from Cambridge University where she studied English literature and education. Willetts has attended residencies at Vermont Studio Center, e Post Contemporary, and will be a Skowhegan Graduate Fellow in the summer of 2016. She is currently completing her MFA at the University of California, Davis, where she received the Mary Lou Osborne Award, and a UCD & Humanities Graduate Research Award.