Monday, 24 July 2017

Day Four and Five - Drawing Residency

Artist in Residence - Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden
Thursday 20 and Saturday 22 July 2017

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Day Three - Drawing Residency

Artist in Residence - Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden
Wednesday 19 July 2017

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Pretty Monstrous

The Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden

Anna Garrett – Artist in Residence
Pretty Monstrous

The relationship between colour, femininity and nature is at the core to this exploratory project. During my residency at the Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden, I intend to emulate the feeling of being swamped, absorbed and consumed by the monumental plants through painting and observational drawing. I am going to pull on the conflicting ideas between the artificial neon and luminescent ‘feminine’ colour palette with the imposing and authoritative nature of the plants.

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 my body of work. These plants have a level of toxicity to humans, and my interest pulls on the potential power and domination of nature. Nature is both beautiful yet brutal; yet the power of flora/fauna have been tamed by man in the developed world. I am intrigued by the apocalyptic notion of what will happen when nature takes over.

My recent research has been considering the concept of contemporary femininity, and how historically nature has been attributed to ‘the feminine’ and considered the ‘other’ to civilisation. More specifically I am looking at the abjectivity of the feminine, the monstrous-feminine, and how colour can be attributed to this ‘otherness’. To quote David Batchelor: “In the first sense, colour is made out to be the property of some ‘foreign’ body – usually the feminine, the oriental, the primitive, the infantile, the vulgar, the queer or the pathological. In the second, colour is relegated to the realm of the superficial, the supplementary, the inessential or the cosmetic. […] Colour is dangerous, or it is trivial, or it is both.”  Chromophobia, 2000.

The work will culminate to create a body of large scale paintings, playing with an unsettling duality. The colour palette 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’, Saturday 5th August 2017.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Day Two - Drawing Residency

Artist in Residence - Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden
Saturday 15 July 2017


Sunday, 16 July 2017

Day One - Drawing Residency

Artist in Residence - Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden
Thursday 13 July 2017

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Art of Ages - The Brew House

Group exhibition at the Brew House, Guildford
04 - 09 July, PV 08 July, 1-3pm
Curated by Glynis Lamond, MA Drawing Wimbledon

 Anna Garrett and Glynis Lamond

 Glynis Lamon, Ellie Forman-Peck, Anna Garrett

'Waste Paintings', acrylic on canvas, Anna Garrett, 2017

Ellie Forman-Peck