Thursday, 19 December 2013

Fluorescent series development

Deciding which ones to take to Amsterdam for the Hans Brinker painting prize. When I made these works I was still going through my train of thought whether models are sexually vulnerable or had to try it for myself. I appropriated poses from perfume adverts... adopting trashy Californian pop culture colours

A few studio shots

Assemblage experiments

I did these one day back in November, I was inspired by comparing the gender stereotypes and presentation between the men's and women's fashion magazines

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Found out today I'm going to Amsterdam for the Hans Brinker painting prize in December!
Quite excited. Also if you want to see me talk about my work look no further

Studio images, self portraiture

Thinking about the 'perfect' media image, I wanted to put myself in the place of the model, to the see the effect of a 'real' person within the glossy fashion imagery. I was trying to suggest that by taking the photo into painting gave it a physical presence- it was no longer a window into the image, the construct was broken



Friday, 18 October 2013

Painting appropriation, shitty background



The Big Draw at Oxford House

I helped organise the Big Draw event which was part of 'The Knowledge Festival', 12th October 2013. I may have drawn a little bit too... And yes, I did make all the animals

Studio work, fashion advertising appropriation

I should really start taking in a proper camera rather than always using my iPhone.
Hopefully starting my self-portraits next week

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Group Exhibition at Oh! Gallery

These are from my iPhone, hence poor quality
Exhibition is open 2nd-16th October, Oxford House, Bethnal Green. Go have a look.

This is what the paragraph says...

'Fundamentally a figurative painter, Anna Garrett's work draws imagery from the mass-media. Primarily images from advertising and fashion magazines, her work engages with contemporary popular culture, desire and the concept of the ‘American dream’. Through examining and appropriating fashion photography into her gestural paintings, Garrett questions society's perception of beauty within her work and notions of glamour. Her work also addresses the 'constructed image'. As a painter, the artist has full control over the outcome of the final image: a metaphor for the superficiality of the fashion and media image. Despite the often fallacious photographs having an original ‘real’ source, they are not ‘reality’. Aware of her own consumer desires, she also pulls on notions of vanity.'

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Sinéad O'Connor's open letter to Miley Cyrus

The argument I have been thinking about... Sexual empowerment vs. sexual vulnerability

(in media imagery)
And she wasn't calling recording artists prostitutes, she was using prostitute as a verb.

From 'Concerning Tonight's Late Late Show Interview'...

'The industry and it’s associates dictate the artistry. The songs are about nothing.. The looks are all distractions. The big visual displays at shows.. The fakeness.'

Thursday, 26 September 2013


JOFFE: It struck me when I came over to your house that you have three children. Really, women and children are my main subjects. But I was amazed that you do what you do and raise three kids.
MCCARTNEY: It’s not a feminist issue. It’s pretty extraordinary for any human being to work and have three kids under the age of 5.
JOFFE: But when I was there, it struck me that it is a feminist thing—women’s lives are so elaborately complicated.
MCCARTNEY: And yet you paint these lovely, young women who just come across as perfection. You paint perfection sometimes, don’t you? When you think of fashion photography, it’s a dream. It’s like we all want to be those women. We want to wear those dresses.
JOFFE: I don’t think I do want to be them. I’m fascinated to imagine what their lives are like, but I certainly wouldn’t want to be them.
MCCARTNEY: I don’t think their lives are anywhere near as glamorous as you think.
JOFFE: It just fascinates me to be only 18 and to have that life.
MCCARTNEY: Eighteen! They’re old if they’re 18 in this day and age.
JOFFE: Right. But still I’m interested in the sheer fascination of beauty- beauty is fascinating.

Sunday, 9 June 2013

'The Perfect System'

The Arch Gallery, Bethnal Green, London. 4th-8th June 2013.
This was the end of year show with my year group at Uni. The private view was so busy, it was a First Thursday with Vyner Street around the corner.. We even ran out of beer

Statement in catalogue...
Equally repulsed and fascinated by the image based, ephemeral world that surrounds her, Anna Garrett questions the ‘reality’ of an image. Through the metaphor of paint and portraiture, she appropriates the fabricated personas from adverts and other media imagery, raising their status by intimate subjection through the solidarity of paint: the disconnection and change of context breaking the original meaning.
For this exhibition, Garrett presents a portrait of famous art collector Charles Saatchi. It may appear to be an art student’s tribute to an Art World favourite, but she paints with an ironic twist. Reflecting on the idea of the ‘perfect’ system, the oligopoly of the art market, her work queries the power hierarchy itself and the idolisation of his persona. This links to her previous work: the reveling in the idea of portrayal, how ‘reality’ can be twisted to spectators: displayed by image and media output.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Meet my friend Charles

And Uni has closed the studios, so I have lovely make shift ones

This painting is for a show at The Arch Gallery, Bethnal Green, 4th-8th June.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Sketchbook drawings

Thinking of making them into screenprints. All the people were derived from television adverts.