Aninat’work is an exploration and a process, revealing the character of materials to the viewer.
Everyday materials the artist finds, either whilst in London or when in her native Chile, are collected and collated to create ‘interventions’ between different materials. This joining of materials, challenges peoples perceptions of the everyday object and emphasises its core characteristics, making the viewer re see and re think what surrounds us in everyday life. Contrasting qualities of materials are also played on; Aninat shows both the weight and fragility of canvas, the rigidity and malleability of card, the strengths and weakness of fabrics.
Allowing the materials to express their own qualities is important to Aninat. This can be seen for example in the display of her canvases, sometimes hung only on one nail (as in Untitled, from the series of hanging paintings) so to emphasise the weight of the canvas as it falls by its own volition, or by using newspapers in her work, which will naturally age and colour, continually developing with time.
The focus on materiality and surface also awakens a sensory perception in the viewer, arousing a desire to touch and experience the materials for oneself, encouraging an interaction between the materials and the viewer,
The idea of site specific materials is also important to Aninat to give the work a context. Tn Cut and Come Again J we see the throw away London newspaper has been transformed into an art installation, locating the piece instantly in our city and time. Elsewhere in the Arpillera series the fabric is taken from La Vega (Santiago’ Central Market, Chile).
By revealing signifiers of the making of the work -stitches, staples, tears and joins – Aninat creates an attention to the process by which she produces her work. The kind of processes which form the work – sewing, cutting, tearing – suggests a relationship to everyday life and the tasks we perform on a daily basis. At the same time, by using common materials (newspapers, fabric, thread) the viewer can trace their own everyday relationship to the materials presented, thereby creating their own personal interpretation of the work.
The emphasis on process suggests that the artists work is ever in a state of exploration and development.
As the aftist says, ‘Within my art practice I am interested in extending the possibility that an aft object may never reach its point of canclusion. Once the aftwork is exposed, it is the viewer who can encounter through the work a searching process, creating a meaning that moves away from being a’definitive statement’towards the sensory experience that the artwork arouses. Therefore, even when I see that what I have produced has reached some sort of achievement, I am interested in emphasizing both the mobile candition of my process of creation and the openness of its appreciation
The works are neither statements nor improvisations.’
ROLLO Contemporary Art
10th September – 7th November 2008
51 Cleveland Street, London W1T 4lH 020 7580 0020 www.rolloart.com