Together Apart: Shelter
Anna Rose is an American artist who has lived and worked in Florence, Italy since 2004. Her work spans video, installation, photography and sculpture with a sensibility towards the relationship between body, space and ritual, entering into conversation with cultural mythologies of place.
Through the familiar materials of our daily actions related to play, to nourishment and consumption, or to the conventions of beauty, for example, her work often addresses the concept of the vanitas and the passage of time. Employing the repetition of a gesture, the tropes of consumer culture, or the heightened tactile or sensorial quality of a material, her work destabilizes the familiar, directing our attention to the embedded and often problematic cultural weight it carries.
ANNA ABOUT TOGETHER APART: #SHELTER
During this program at ´ace, I expanded my practice to reflect on the ways in which I had created shelters for myself over the previous months. In my work, which often starts from a single familiar object, such as an egg, a braid, a piece of fruit or a ball, for example, I reassign or reframe its common use to call into question the cultural significance embedded within it.
In the series Organizing my eggs, I shuffled the natural roles of shells and skins, imposing a new sense of order to them. Likewise, in the video Skinny Bread, I seal a slice of bread in plastic, protecting it while negating its role as a source of nourishment. The piece Fil Rouge reflects on the role of video as a necessary container for the production and viewing of performative works in recent months.
Currently lives and works in Florence, Italy
2014 | Master of Fine Arts, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, USA
2020 | So close, so good. Numeroventi. Florence, Italy
2019 | Homo Bulla. Fondazione Sensus, Florence, Italy. Solo exhibition
2019 | Homo Bulla. Casa Atelier-Museion, Bolzano, Italy. Solo exhibition
2018 | Primavera in Sospeso, Robert McLaughlin Gallery Art Lab, Oshawa, Canada (solo exhibition in collaboration with Jennie Suddick)
2017 | Party of One, Jules Maidoff Gallery, Florence, Italy. Solo exhibition
2018 | Spaziu Kreattiv, Gozo, Malta
2018 | Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Canada
2017 | Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto, Canada
2015 | D’Clinic, Zalaegerszeg, Hungary
2014 | Gamlì Skoli, Hrìsey, Iceland
After the remote residence
Together Apart provided a much-needed jump start to my practice after a few difficult months.
The structure of weekly group meetings, which was enriched by artist talks and lectures by the guest curator, brought focus to my work by giving me a gentle push to regularly produce something around a given theme. After seeing many of my plans and projects put on hold in the past 6 months, it was a relief to be given something to do! The weekly exercises helped me to start rebuilding my art routine in this much-changed landscape.
I greatly appreciated the welcoming tone of the encounters and the emphasis on a multi-disciplinary approach that cut through the hierarchies of the art world.
A wonderful experience that I would gladly repeat! Thank you all!
Anna Rose self introduction to the cohort on the first Together Apart encounter:
“I am hoping to get from this residency some structure which echoes what many of you have been saying, because I find it quite challenging to be productive these past few months…I think it’s also really interesting to think about this as a platform for creating momentum within our practice. I’m curious how we can better use an online platform for making work and making connections. So I am happy to be here with all of you.”