My practice, which encompasses painting, drawing, sculptural intervention and photography, employs quotation to explore my relationship with both the specific source material that I appropriate, and the history of the discipline in which I am working. I am interested in taking something that already has an established cultural reading that I can wrestle with, adapt, exploit, examine and transform. Operating within the existing aesthetic of a pre-existing image or object, I aim to make something that is both in keeping with, and at odds with, the nature of its source.
Drawing upon cultural artifacts that, over time, have been widely considered to be revered, established, accomplished, poetic, beautiful or sublime, I seek to explore their transmutation to form new composites - a dry conceptual approach that is contrasted with a visceral aesthetic. Within my practice, aspects of purloined pictorial elements from art history are veiled, conjoined, contorted, revealed, emphasized, interpreted, translated, explored, repeated, omitted and manipulated, imbuing them with a new spirit to my own ends.
The hybrids that I have constructed have so far taken the form of small paintings on found book plates, pencil drawings, large scale paintings and photographic documentation of interventions made (with permission) at the Museum of Classical Archaeology at Cambridge University.
Most recent is the series A dragging languor spread - a painting in acrylic and ink on canvas, and a number of related drawings. These works are based upon the myth of Apollo and Daphne – pictorially, they draw upon Bernini’s eponymous sculpture, which led me in turn to Ovid’s Metamorphoses, an epic poem to which a number of Bernini’s works refer. I like the symmetry of the transformation of the oral poem to the linguistic text to carved stone and back to paper, a metamorphosis of Ovid’s Metamorphoses.
Qualifications and training
- 2012 MA Fine Art, Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts London
- 2010 Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art, Chelsea College fo Art and Design, University of the Arts London
- 2004 BA (Hons) Fine Art, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London
- 2013 Ann-Marie James: Proserpina, Karsten Schubert, London
- 2011 Hanami, Soho Art Gallery, Osaka, Japan
- 2010 Ann-Marie James, Pareidolia, Edel Assanti Project Space, London
- 2009 Ann-Marie James, 'Danse Macabre', First Floor Projects, London
- 2012 Ann-Marie ames & Alex Hoda: Metamorphoses, Edel Assanti, London
- 2011 (In)visible, Edel Assanti Project Space, London
- 2011 Wit, Fear and Sarcasm, FAS Contemporary, The Fine Art Society, London
- 2010 The Group Show at 3rd Ward, New Works from Emerging Artists in Drawing & Painting, 3rd Ward, Brooklyn, NY
- 2010 Changing the Nature, Curated by Purge Projects, Vulpes Vulpes, London
- 2009 Anonymous Drawings N°10, Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien, Berlin
- 2009 Westminster Arts Open Exhibition 2009, SW1 Gallery, London
- 2009 The Drawing Salon, The Mews Project Space, London
- 2009 Watch This Space, Opera Quarter Bar, London
- 2006 Pulsar, Galería de Arte Nacional, Caracas, Venezuela
- 2006 ING Discerning Eye 2006, The Mall Galleries, London
- 2006 Ann-Marie James / Daniel Todd: Beginning at the end, Art at Carnaby/ National Campaign for the Arts, London
- 2006 Lantana Projects Residency and Solo Exhibition, Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Educational experience - tertiary
- 2004 BA (Hons) Fine Art, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London
- 2001 BTEC Foundation Diploma Art & Design, Cambridge Regional College, Cambridge