Approved: 16.04.2010

Anna M. R. Freeman

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Approved: 16.04.2010

Defining space as of great psychological and metaphysical significance, the work employs images of architectural or structural environments that have a capacity to provoke thinking about nostalgic longing, memory and eternity. A particular interest in the functionality of place and the role of decoration and scale filters through the work. Images of ostentatious Baroque beauty are played off against

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Artist Statement

Defining space as of great psychological and metaphysical significance, the work employs images of architectural or structural environments that have a capacity to provoke thinking about nostalgic longing, memory and eternity. A particular interest in the functionality of place and the role of decoration and scale filters through the work. Images of ostentatious Baroque beauty are played off against depictions of abandonment; querying the comfort and security that abundance seems to offer. The relationship between opposing states of miniature and gigantic, detail and whole, function and beauty holds broader references when considering tensions between the architect and the engineer or the physical and the metaphysical. These ideas are worked out through paintings, installation and video works that combine images of decorative and derelict spaces, as well as large exterior structures. The construction of space is crucial to the practice and occurs both inside the composition of a painting or video frame as well as in the space of the installed works. Alongside the investigation of space sits a further enquiry into the medium of paint itself and where such works are located within the historical context of art. The use of other mediums explore the definition of painting today and develop and reflect the effect of the history of painting on the composition and framing of the image. The dramatic use of gesture in the brushstroke defies the high definition of video and yet a sense of movement in both mediums unites the two opposing ways of working. An enquiry into the significance of our architectural environment and its effect on the individual subconscious and internal reality is the driving force behind the work.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2010 - MA Painting, Royal College of Art, London 2004 - BA Fine Art Painting, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London Solo exhibitions 2007 - re-collected, Galerie Kollaborativ, Berlin, Germany Group exhibitions 2011 - Some Domestic Incidents curated by Matt Price, Prague Biennale 5, Expanded Painting, Prague, Czech Republic 2011 - The Florence Trust Summer Exhibition, The Florence Trust, London, UK 2010 - THRESHOLD, Blyth Gallery, London, UK 2009 - Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Corner House/A Foundation, Manchester/London, UK Corporate commissions 2007 - Mural Commission, Room 212, Hotel Bloom!, Brussels, Belgium Competitions, prizes and awards 2009 - Chelsea Arts Club Trust Award, Chelsea Arts Club, London, UK 2009 - Villiers David Travel Award, Royal College of Art, London, UK