About Chaos in Color

Chaos in Color, where the cats are alive and the people are not.

Chaos in Color is the work of one person, contemporary artist Annie Dunn.  

Being a night owl who grew up across the street from an old small-town cemetery in northwestern Iowa, Annie's paintings reflect the dark from a cheerfully macabre point of view. Her artwork features misunderstood creatures, dark shadowy forests, lively graveyards, and starry night skies. In a way she has become reacquainted with her childhood love of writing spooky stories, except this time with pictures instead of words.

Annie was born vision impaired. She competes in a highly visual field of work because she wants people to experience the altered perceptions of a vision impaired visual artist. She's also a tad stubborn about what people think she should or shouldn't be doing as a career. 

Annie's medium is freehand digital painting, with tools consisting of a pressure sensitive tablet and stylus connected to a color accurate computer workstation. Production pieces take about a month to complete and are printed as limited editions using archival materials. Annie also creates a smaller more experimental painting every single week.

People frequently want to know why she focuses on cats and skeletons. In Annie's own words:

My work is largely symbolic and it tends to be geared towards heavy existential type stuff. With that in mind, I grew up thinking of skeletons as my eccentric old neighbors, but they have since evolved into abstract humans, which are great for telling stories that aren't about specific people. 

Cats, on the other hand, are my escape from the serious stuff. They are comic relief, beauty, and character actor all rolled into one. I want to raise the social status of cats, and by association the status of the people who love them. What better way to do that than to portray them as valued beings. I like all animals, but cats in particular call to me.