Following is an excerpt from Liza Roberts’ forthcoming book "Art of the State: Celebrating the Art of North Carolina," to be published by UNC Press this fall. This article appears in the April 2022 issue of PineStraw Magazine.

If you’ve seen any of Anne Lemanski’s cosmic, colorful animal sculptures in person, you know they look as if they might twitch, or pounce, or slink on by. The skins that cover them — psychedelic prints and unexpected patterns — somehow add to this unlikely effect. Perhaps her multicolored tiger, or her ocelot, or her amazing rabbit, has emerged through a looking-glass portal from some magical realm and wound up in our own?


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