artist residency, Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden, JUly 2017
"Spending a series of days within the heart of the garden, surrounded by the overwhelming plants of gunnera, petasites and hogweed: it is the emotion and feeling of being dwarfed by nature that will most inform the artist’s residency at Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden.
Anna’s interest lies in the power of nature, beautiful yet brutal, and has evolved into an interest in the seductive monumentality of the plants. Anna’s recent research includes an exploration into the ‘otherness’ of nature and femininity, the relationship between colour and the feminine, and moreover, how nature, colour and the feminine are connected. Her practice evaluates the materiality of a painting’s structure is at its core, and considers the abjectivity and seductivity of paint as a medium, particularly within a fluorescent colour palette.
The residency will culminate into a body of large scale paintings, playing with an unsettling duality. The neon paint gives way to monstrous forms and a seductivity into the heart of darkness within the plants’ world. Pretty Monstrous: paintings and observational drawings will be on display during Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden’s ‘Celebration of Art and Nature’, Sat 05 August 2017." More info