Anna Church is a New Zealand artist who has been living and loving the creative life in Toronto for the past 3 years. She creates conceptual / photo-based sculptural installations that have little to do with the things they are made-up with.
#JustDontCallMeHipster – Out Of Time 2014
Anna’s work is highly conceptual, but approachable. She manages to illustrate complex ideas and concepts in ways that are easily digestible and tangible for her viewers, creating works that are both layered in meaning, stunningly beautiful, with a tweak of satire thrown in. Anna allows her audience an invitation to create there own personal perspective, you can view her work for face value or look a little harder and start to unravel the layers and meaning which each of her assemblages projects, establishing conversation and reflection uniquely owned and personalised by the viewer.
Frogs & Snails – Insignia 2013
Sunday Roast – At your Service 2012
Anna is exhibiting her Limited edition fine art prints at this years Artist Project, 19-22 February 2015 – Booth 218. Anna has also been included as one of the featured artist for the upcoming The Artist Project Toronto Media Highlight Art Walk.
We asked Anna to discuss three of her favourite Canadian artists:
I have a soft spot for quirky ceramics, so when I discovered Lana’s work through The Artist Project website I was completely intrigued and have since introduced myself and let her know I’m an avid fan! I love her sculptural, whimsical narratives and humour. She approaches themes of transience in shared human-experience; ephemeral states solidified in porcelain, ideas about forbearance and a light poking fun at the human condition. I love meeting arty soul mates, and as Lana so profoundly put our mutual admiration for each others art based mediums as “kindred art spirits with our kaleidescopic visions and animal mockery” – Brilliant. I’m hooked and I cant wait to see what her magical brain comes up with next. Lana has a shared studio at King and Bathurst where she sometimes teaches classes!
Lana as my neighbour at The Artist Project this weekend she is at Booth 212!
365 Parliament, Small Back Garden
Bleecker Street Co-Op garden
Redeemer Lutheran Gardens
Jonathan was one of the first people in the photographic / art scene I meet when I first landed in this great city of Toronto. I’m mad on the photographic medium – I LOVE photography ALL varieties! I love when I discover something that’s new and hasn’t been seen or tried before – and that’s the skill, and the beauty which draws me into the experimental yet simple nature of Jonathan’s work.
Jonathan’s series, The Nature of Urbanity, is what first caught my eye and to really appreciate this work, you have to see at full scale. The prints are huge and have so much richness and detail. You could spend a long time inspecting each image trying to dissect the artistry and trickery that goes into producing each one. They aren’t your typical landscapes, urban scenes, or aerial shots, although they are all three of those things. Everything behind their creation is thought out in advance to support the concept, the subject, the vantage point, the material, the list goes on. The attention to detail really shows.
Jonathan produces his own work and has a growing client list from his print studio/business, Smokestack Studio run out of Hamilton which he jointly owns with his brother (who is also uber artistically clever). They are doing some cool things mixing traditional and contemporary print processes so keep an eye and ear out for that place, or just check them out on Facebook!
(Untitled – Ceramics)
Sarah is an artist of note I was lucky enough to have spied when walking by No Foundation on my way to Katharine Mulherin Gallery. Drawn in by the subtlety of her colour pallet and the ceramic display of trophies and oddities in the window, I knew I needed to delve deeper and I’m so glad I did! I love a multi-disciplinary artist, and Sarah is certainly that. She uses a variety of media from drawing and animation, to ceramics and installation, Sarah’s work most often takes form in narrative watercolour drawings. Her work is included in private and public collections internationally and has been shown in Canada, USA and Europe. She has participated in residencies across North America and abroad and is LA bound next. Burwash lives in Halifax, NS, working full time as an artist and freelance illustrator.
Her practice encompasses a lifestyle that approaches all things with intention, creativity and a pioneer spirit. Beautiful, thoughtful and totally wantable!