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ann

ABOUT

 

Ann is interested in the complexities of place, locality, and society. She explores the way we relate to public places  and uses performance, photography, installation and experimental writing to give expression to what is found.

 

In one work, for example,  I dressed in wide black and white stripes to celebrate the zebra crossing as a space in which there is necessarily a negotiation and interaction between driver and pedestrian. Such interventions are an opportunity to engage with people in non-art spaces and to discuss the 'taken for granted' features of their environment.

 

Words play a vital part in my work as my practice is based on conversations and dialogue. People 'share' the urban environment with rural spaces and this has led me to engage in these juxtapositions - a yellow dandilion on the edge of a road, mimicking the existing yellow 'no parking' lines.

 

Work is often process and research based, using the performative actions and intuitive means to inhabit and embody a space, situation, idea or word. Collaboration with other artists and people from different disciplines and countries is of theoretical interest to me as well as a stimulating and challenging  new ways of working.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IDEAS AND INCENTIVES

 

  • speeeeeking words

  • watching our behaviour

  • being human - what is it?

  • trying things out without direction

  • imagining being things like a child, a lamp, a cat, a window, a bird

  • dandilions, because you can't stop them growing, mistletoe, because it moves in and takes up space like a cuckoo

  • spaces and places

  • what's underneath the surface