Sunday, 16 December 2018
STUDIO VISIT #2 - ANNA GARRETT
DEPTFORD, LONDON, 10.12.18
The canvases are filled with plants, in toxic and seductive colours – both pulling me in and pushing me away at the very same time. Images of plants and non-plants and every permutation within that range tumble on the canvas. Her work is all about the potential of nature. Post human. Not apocalyptic. We talk a lot about genetic modification, growth and possibilities of nature and evolutionary flows. The works are based on research - thorough and extensive (you can definitely feel the Goldsmiths MA). It’s hard and at times upsetting, Anna tells me. Her research needs to be going all the way. She reads about everything from the seed to the extinction of species. She soaks it all up, like a sponge only to later release it in a powerful, unconscious cry of reclaiming the female body. The weeds perform themselves and take on forms that Anna no longer has any control over.
Posted by Anna Garrett at 11:54
Wednesday, 12 December 2018
Saturday, 20 October 2018
Situated in a imagined reality where hybridisation and cross-fertilisation is on hyper-speed; speculative ecological fiction borders a futuristic encounter with a post-wilderness - whilst grounded in the present condition of the human and non-human ontologies. The post-enlightenment hierarchical and mechanistic divisions of nature and culture are flattened in the eco-feminist position - a potential re-engagement with the alterity of the non-human while encapsulating notions of ever evolving ecological subjectivity.
- What are painting's limits in regards to being a site of resistance or activism? Can nature be represented without "mastery" (considering notions of feminist new materialism.)
- When thinking about the supposed "Death of Nature" in the "Anthropocene" - can the non-human hold an agency even with human intervention (regarding rewilding and the artificial/captive natures - and preformative natures.)
- Does the notion of 'post-human' suggest a romanticsed account of the pre-human condition, ultimately suggesting a romanticising of notions of past wilderness?
- Does the entanglement of the forest network combined with the ideas of cybernetic networks in relation to the vegetal world suggest a vision of a multi-dimensional hybridisation of technologies and the organic?
- How does the fungi and symbiogenic evolution play a part in re-imagining the forest?
Posted by Anna Garrett at 04:33