Toy Person a collection of exploratory works - documents my working practice over a one-year period from April 2010 to April 2011. Some of the works I consider to be resolved, whilst others are more exploratory in nature. The work spans photography and photographic painterly collage. I am interested in the prevailing 'idealised' aesthetic that has become a recognisable image in current popular culture. Many in their struggle for perfection now keenly pursue the flawless, smooth and shiny surface of the doll. Such aspirations amounting to an over stylised representation of the self, appearing more homogenate than authentic. Other works concern themselves with the hyper sexualised female whom almost seeks to emulate the doll - her raunchiness celebrated and encouraged. Some works reflect on the enduring women of the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, Canada. Their trade forcing them to reveal their skin against the back drop of a brutal, demonised and relentless cityscape.
Anna's artworks are informed by 8 years of travelling that most memorably led her to working in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, Canada. Her painterly collages produced shortly after this period reflect on her time spent working in this demonised community - entrenched with substance misuse, poverty and prostitution. On returning to England Anna found that popular culture had moved on rapidly with terms such as WAGs and the obsession with celebrity culture requiring explanation. There began a new theme to explore - an over stylised, hyper-sexualised society that appeared to promote raunchiness to it's young. Anna began exploring children's toys with the lens of her camera. Through re-presenting these familiar objects she hoped to spark enquiry into what she found to cause uncomfortableness at the very least. During this time Anna achieved a First Degree in Fine Art from the University of East London. Anna now works as a freelance artist specialising in Action Art Mono-printing.
Misdemeanor Published May 27, 2010