Anna Grace Rogers

Anna Grace Rogers

My current work is an ongoing exploration of fragmented environments and the relationship of the architectural and geometric to the natural and biometric. This is a reflection of the idea that environment is, whether artificially altered or not, interactively constructed in an endless variety of ways by both physical differences and the breadth of human perception. I am interested in the viability of immersion in the immediate environment and whether that situation/sensation can be recreated in a gallery context. I was born in London and have lived in Cardiff for three years, I have enjoyed how inclusive and diverse the creative community in Cardiff is and plan to stick around to see what exciting things happen in the future. 

Latest Posts

30.07.2017 / Imaginary Exhibition in the Nordic Pavilion   →

16.07.2017 / Day 2.   →

I had a very interesting discussion last night with my fellow invigilators about the separation between Art and Design at the Biennale. We discussed the design element of exhibitions, mainly curatorship- which can make or break the work. In the last few years, anecdotally I've observed an incredible animosity between artists and designers, which makes me very sad. There is enough division in the world already. It also seems extremely strange to me that both parties tend to be extremely accepting and emotionally intelligent people, but harbour this uncharacteristic resentment for one another. If the creative world cannot accept the value of varied means of expression, thinking and collaboration then I seriously doubt our ability to impact wider society. What you can't do in your own back garden can not be done on a wider scale. I've observed this type of thinking being damaging to students and early career artists, exclusion is something we will all have to experience as people who have chosen to pursue creative careers, we do not need it from one another. I don't necessarily understand the work of designers, just as I don't understand the work of nuclear physicists- but I respect their work and how they so directly impact the quality of life of those around them. Equally, I can only hope they see the value of art in that it is, before anything else, a space in which people can think, reflect, challenge their views and leave with a new perspective. I'm passionate about the idea that this type of exposure builds a more emotionally developed, compassionate and reflective society. It is a more subtle impact, something that can often feel at odds with the urgency of change. I'm learning to have a bit of patience with that.  I digress, there is a lot to be learnt from this years Venice Biennale and the marriage between art and curation (design). I've observed a beautiful marriage between the two, not only in the galleries but in the city itself.  

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08.07.2017 / Correct The Line Before You Rub It Out  →

Hello lovely people of the internet, I have a proposition for you, it is as follows. (A bit of background first)...In a few days I will be leaving Cardiff to work as part of a team on the Cymru yn Fenis Wales in Venice  Invigilator Plus programme. Chapter in Cardiff, the curating gallery, selected and trained us as part of a pilot programme between The Arts Council of Wales and Cardiff School of Art and Design. We will be supervising, monitoring and maintaining Wales’s exhibition, James Richards: Music for the gift at La Biennale di Venezia as well as interacting with the public. The Invigilator Plus participants are being mentored and supported by G39 as part of their UNIT(e) programme to aid our ongoing professional development. (Here's the good bit)...I will be in Venice for 26 days. I am looking for 26 participants to engage with me by post in a collaborative series of artworks. I will be making a piece of work for you, based on my experiences of the art/people/places that I come across while in Venice but with you as an individual in mind. I am interested in art in a gallery environment and how our experience of the art world is affected and censored by social/economic/academic and private boundaries. You can give me as little or as much information about yourself as you'd like, whether that information is personal, professional or anything in between. I will then post you the artwork and ask you to modify it in some way before returning it to me.I will be sending you an A5 sized image but there are no rules as to what you can do to it. You are welcome to digitise/paint/collage/deconstruct/burn/write about the work in any way your heart desires. I am not limiting the collaboration by only engaging with visual artists and would encourage writers, designers, ceramicists, filmmakers, curators, academics- (people) to be involved. If you are interested (which I hope that you are) or know someone who might be send me a message so that we can talk logistics. Anna  

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Project

Because of my interest in fragmentation, space and place I am excited about how the content and context of my work is going to shift in Venice. There is the opportunity to be around creative people from all over the world and I feel that this will allow me to explore different cultural visual languages within my practice. All of the pavilions will be attempting to create a sense of place stemming from their respective countries, this re-establishing of environment within a commercial/gallery space is something I find extremely thought provoking and, I feel may be a way of dispelling fears and misconceptions about immigration and cultural bias. I’m looking forward to seeing how different countries have responded, most significantly whether they have chosen to address political or social issues in their selection or have chosen to make another kind of statement by choosing not to do that.