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


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.

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.

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Test peices

 Charcoal and acrylic on Khadi Paper, 80 x 60cm