Saturday, 20 October 2018

Evolving the Forest - proposal


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?

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Kickstarter Campaign


Hello all,

I have started a crowdfunding project to raise funds to help pay the remainder of my university fees. Studying MFA Fine Art at Goldsmiths and realy don't want to give up half way through!
I would be so grateful for any support for my art practice. Please have a read here for more details:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/970057691/help-anna-finish-her-masters

I'm offering Limited Edition Prints of this work 'Realm of the Superweeds' for £20+ donations. I'm £2500 short of paying the fees for my final year - any support would be amazing. 

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Realm of the Superweeds - Goldsmiths MFA Interim Show



Realm of the Superweeds, acrylic on board, 2018
Installed at the Goldsmiths MFA Interim Show, July 2018

Anna Garrett Artist

Photography - Liz Calvi

Realm of the Superweeds




Realm of the Superweeds, acrylic on board, 180x120cm, 2018
Installed at the Goldsmiths MFA Interim Show, July 2018


Photography - Liz Calvi

Queens




Queens, acrylic on board, 100x66cm, 2018
Installed at the Goldsmiths MFA Interim Show, July 2018


Photography - Liz Calvi

Time Jungle



Time Jungle, acrylic on board, 100x100cm, 2018
Installed at the Goldsmiths MFA Interim Show, July 2018


Photography - Liz Calvi

Restless yet Sessile



Restless yet Sessile, acrylic on board, 150x100cm, 2018

Installed at the Goldsmiths MFA Interim Show, July 2018


Anna Garrett Artist

Photography - Liz Calvi

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Friday, 18 May 2018

Efflorescence - install shots





Works on recycled cotton -  acrylic, ink, charcoal

Collaborative curation with Liz Calvi
139 Copeland Road, Peckham, 30 April - 01 May 2018

Install shots credit Liz Calvi

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Oma's Garden: Undomesticated Vessel





Oma's Garden: Undomesticated Vesselis a used kitchen bowl now residing outdoors - which has become a vessel for life. I am interested in deep ecology's notion of the non-hierarchical catagorisation, especially relating to 'weeds' and 'critters' in relation to the constructed notion of the 'garden'. The vessel has become a micro-ecology of it's own and is an exploration of the fragile transformation of culture to nature.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Oma's Garden: Dreams and Entanglement


Oma's Garden: Dreams and Entanglement
Acrylic and charcoal on paper and recycled cotton, 2018

Installed at Efflorescence, Safehosue, 139 Copeland Road, Peckham
30 April - 01 May 2018

Prancing around my piece

 



Oma's Garden: Undomestication
Acrylic, duvet, dirt
2018
Installed at Efflorescence, Safehouse, 139 Copeland Road, Peckham
30 April - 01 May 2018


Efflorescence


Monday 30 April – Tuesday 01 May
Private View - Monday 30 April, 6-9.30pm

Safehouse, 139 Copeland Road, Peckham, London, SE15 3SN

‘Efflorescence’ group exhibition presents recent work by current Goldsmiths MFA Fine Art students Liz Calvi, Anna Garrett, Camilla Hanney, Kaley Kronenberger and Svetlana Ochkovskaya, installed in the formerly derelict Safehouse, Peckham. Merging installation, sculpture, photography and mixed media, the artists subtly seduce, abject and transform, all sharing interest in the feminine ‘other’. 

Works teeter between permanent and ephemeral, situating themselves in the grey area between these two tensions. The artists embody the notion of the trace, unfolding lost narratives and fragments of time through a visual language of associations.


'Efflorescence’ asserts the inevitable residue that remains long after the occurrence of an event or experience; touching upon fragile boundaries of real and imaginary, human and non-human, desire and disgust. 

The show will open Monday 30 April, 6-9:30pm,
Tuesday 01 May, 11am-5pm.


For further information please email annamariegarrett@hotmail.co.uk
https://www.artrabbit.com/events/efflorescence


www.lizcalvi.com/
www.annagarrett.co.uk
www.camillahanney.wixsite.com/artist
www.kaleyekronenberger.com/
www.ochkovskayart.wixsite.com/svetlana

Friday, 20 April 2018

Pretty Monstrous - 'Women Shall Inherit the Earth'

Acrylic on canvas, installed at Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden, 2017

Selected for group exhibition 'Women Shall Inherit the Earth', by feminist duo NOHAT
Panacea Museum, Bedford, PV 12 July, 6-9pm

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Recent


Oma’s Garden: Dreams and Entanglement
Acrylic and charcoal on recycled cottons, 2018

Artist Statement

As Alzheimer’s claims her conscious mind, Oma retreats into the realm of unconsciousness. She stays indoors now. Her once loved plants and cultivated rockeries are lost to weeds and entanglement. Nature and wilderness encroach the borders, lolloping leaves break their boundaries, species intertwine. As Oma withdraws in, the garden swells, real only in her mind and dreams. A woman of the land, she is reclaimed. She dances with the plants.


Oma’s Garden: Dreams and Entanglement encompasses an invasive drawing installation on recycled cottons. The pieces flirt with feminine overtones and monumentalise the undergrowth plant life.
Immersing herself in the garden for a series of days, Anna was drawn into the macro relationships of plants with agency: Birds Nest Fern, Rosemary and Rhododendron form caressing entanglements. A harmony. Playing with seduction: viscerality and tenderness of colour combine dreamlike yet toxic acrylic, with natural charcoal and materiality of line.

The work highlights the fragility of borders between nature and wilderness, cultivation and control, active and passive. Touching upon the Othering of nature- historically attributed to the feminine, opposed to civilisation - the garden becomes gendered and fights the constraints of patriarchal past. Currently researching toxic ecologies and trans-corporeal pollution, Anna is at the beginning of a research journey into plant consciousness, getting closer to the living vegetal environment, the resilience of Plant life. The organic and biological inform a new body of research, which will result in a sustainable painting practice.

Biography
Anna Garrett is currently studying MFA Fine Art, Goldsmiths, having graduated with a First Class Honours in BA Fine Art, from the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, in 2014. She has exhibited in many group shows across the UK and internationally, including solo exhibitions glitter. garden. garbage., Take Courage Gallery, New Cross, London, 2015, and Fluore$cent, Glass Cloud Gallery, Bermondsey, London, 2014. Anna was selected as finalist for UKYA Festival Derby, 2016, and Zealous Art Prize, 2016. In 2017 the artist undertook two residencies, at Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden, and collaboratively with artist Charlie Betts, at Watts Gallery Artist Village.
@annagarrettstudio

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Test peices




 Charcoal and acrylic on Khadi Paper, 80 x 60cm