IS THIS THIS IS…. Anja Stenina
elysium Orchard street studios, 2nd Floor, 34a Orchard Street, Swansea
Fri 11th August, 7pm
Anja Stenina has been the latest Artist in residence at the IS THIS THIS IS Project space throughout July/August
Anja is revisiting the Welsh landscape and subverting her earlier works based there. If all landscape work is an objectification of place, then by taking a more animist approach, with a nod to both psychogeography and magical realism, she is exploring the personal projections that we attach to our surroundings.
Weather is an intrinsic aspect of landscape, particularly in Wales. Trees and sheep look and feel very different when viewed through a prism of sunshine or storm. Her paintings investigate her anthropomorphism of the environment, and the sense of security brought about by shelter – the selfish gratification of a cup of tea, a blanket and a window between her and the world outside.
Situated in the elysium gallery Orchard Street studios, the project space is used on a monthly basis by selected residency artists and the elysium gallery studios community. The aim is to enable artists to work and experiment towards creating new work in an environment outside of their usual studio practice in preparation for critical discussions within the group. The space enables artists to develop, to build, to take risks, to test and to invite peers to see the work in progress.
Only members of elysium gallery studios and their guests are invited to these group discussions.