Los Angeles based, Australian artist Anna Carey presents her latest body of photographs documenting miniature fictional architectural spaces…
Anna Carey’s latest solo exhibition In Search of Rainbows presents a suite of seven new interior spaces with each work based on a dominant colour similar to the rainbow spectrum; red, orange, yellow, green, blue, pink and purple. Pursuing my practice of constructing miniature fictional architectural spaces and photographing them, the body of work explores the connection between colour, memory and space. The miniature models are not based on one particular space but built on a conflation of memory, imagination and reality. When I encounter familiar architectural spaces of a particular colour it triggers various memories and emotions which flood my new experience. The work explores this fleeting moment in the mind of flashing fragmented memories. The models are brightened by the imagination and evolve intuitively, saturated with various shades and shapes of a colour. The models are in a state of transition and include traces of my process; colour swatches and paint pallets are scattered on the floor and pinned to the walls. The photograph magnifies the miniature, reminding the viewer that the transient space is a constructed object. This aims to reawaken imaginations for the viewer by creating a space of stillness and contemplation for one to drift between reality and daydreams. Similar to the experience one has inside an architectural space; a place of solitude, stillness and daydreaming.
Anna Carey is a visual artist whose practice overlaps both photography and sculpture. With memory and recall as the only reference of permanency, she interweaves model-making, drawing and photography to create fictive architectural spaces based on the urban environments of cities such as her hometown of the Gold Coast in Queensland, alongside Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Palm Springs.
Since graduating from Griffith University in Queensland (2010), majoring in Fine Art and Art Theory with Honours (first class), Anna Carey has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia and internationally. She has shown consistently with the Queensland Centre for Photography, who took her to Photo LA in 2013, and her work has been curated into various regional galleries and other significant institutional exhibitions. She is currently undertaking study towards a PhD.
Anna Carey’s works have been acquired for the collections of Artbank, The Gold Coast City Art Gallery, The National Gallery of Australia, The University of Queensland, and various major corporate and private collections. She was awarded a New Work Grant by the Australia Council for the Arts (2011), and has been a finalist in the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award (2013), the Churchie Emerging Art Prize (2011), and the Queensland Regional Art Awards (2011).