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.
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
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
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.