Anna Gillespie

Concepts My recent work has been a personal investigation into the parallels between the world of the 'unknown' human present in the news media, the world of the model as they pose, and my own personal life. In this context I have particularly explored the themes of captivity and release. I see my practice as a form of physical thinking, and a personal meditation on the basic collective condition of being primarily embodied.Influences The work does not attempt to capture movement, but rather still moments, and this aspect of the work and the simple poses employed has been deeply influenced by Antony Gormley's work and writings. Bacon's writings and work have also been important in clarifying the practice of conveying emotional injury through figuration. Pisano, Michelangelo, Quinn and Munoz, amongst others, also inform my work.Career path Anna Gillespie was born in 1964. Having obtained degrees from Oxford University (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) and the London School of Economics (International Relations) 1992 saw a change in direction and the decision to become a full time sculptor. Anna qualified as a stone mason in Bath before travelling to Italy to study with the sculptor Nigel Konstam. In 1998 she took an MA in Fine and Media Arts at Cheltenham, and became an Associate of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1999. Anna now works in Bristol where she lives with her young family. read full statement

Location Bath, South West
Website http://www.annagillespie.co.uk