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ann

ABOUT

 

Ann-ie is interested in the complexities of place, locality and situations. She explores connections through experimentation, exchange with other practitioners, an open endedness to outcomes, research and bodily experience.  She works with performance, photography, installation, stitching  and experimental writing to give expression to what is found.

 

In one work, for example,  Ann-ie dressed in wide black and white stripes to celebrate the zebra crossing as a space of 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.

 

Language plays a vital part her practice and may include conversations, dialogue or text. People 'share' the urban environment with rural spaces and this has led to an engagment 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 interest, as well as a stimulating and challenging  new ways of working.

 

In the past 2-3 years, it has become more difficult to make work due to a condition which impacts on energy, concentration and movement. A quieter more reflective practice has developed, which includes stitching.  This work still comes from a performative place, influenced by earthier layers,  roots, substrature, feet, footings bedrock, undertow, undersea. The work soaks in spoken word movement of the hand the saliva on the cotton, threaded through the eye of the needle, leaving that spot on the fabric.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IDEAS AND INCENTIVES

 

  • speaking, listening laying with words

  • watching 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 beneath the surface