Considering herself as much of a philosopher as a painter, Anna Bogatin Ott takes much of her inspiration from Buddhism, likening her creation of art to meditation. There is serenity in much of the work - yet tension is evident too, as the canvas is sometimes divided into two distinct sections with a bold and decisive line – either from top to bottom or side to side. Typically, Bogatin creates a series of lines or dots which form a sort of community with one another. By layering one line over another and in repetition, the artist makes us aware of time and movement and shows us there is something to be said for an even pace and pausing to hear one’s own rhythm.
Anna Bogatin Ott was born in the former Soviet Union, Ukraine (1970.) She lived in Russia, the Republic of Georgia, Ukraine and Poland prior to coming to the U.S (1992). She received her BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia (2002), and her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute (2006). Her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions throughout the U.S. and abroad and is also included in important private and corporate collections, including PD-LD Ink, Pennington, NJ; and Coventry, Philadelphia PA. Bogatin currently lives and works in Pennsylvania.