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Painting (MA)

Anna Blom

Anna Blom is a Swedish born, London based artist who has recently completed a Master in Painting at the Royal College of Art. She holds a First Class Bachelor of Fine Art Painting from UAL Wimbledon College of Arts (2020) and has curated, led and participated in a number of group exhibitions and independent solo installations in the UK, such as 24 Cork Street and Copeland Gallery. Anna divides her practice between her London studio and Stockholm, where she works in an interdisciplinary manner combining painting, drawing, sound, words and found objects in arrangements of a continuous narrative in a diaristic archival methodology.

Show Location: Battersea campus: Painting Building, First floor

My work is personal: a cut of life and a continuous narrative of immediate surroundings. I strive to deconstruct the fragile details which provide the warp and weft and the baseline of our daily existence. With a diaristic methodology, I study nuances of isolated mundane moments discovering the overlooked emotions and unseen objects that occupy our meticulously assembled environment.

I am driven by the need for an understanding of, and to find comfort in, how we weave our existence together. By collecting sketches, photographs, found objects and white noise, I create an archive of micro situations that come together to form paintings. The stains on the canvas are layered interpretations of the liminal spaces we inhabit and they explore how we connect, combine, and construct ourselves within them.

I compose my practice by sitting with fundamental daily shapes–whether these are objects, spaces, or emotions–and wrestle with them and interrogate their life cycles, from conception to discarding.

These particulars, either emotional or physical, are given little appreciation but, in my opinion, have a powerful and undeniable influence on participants. By lending these influences credence, they can provide us with resilience and courage in the nonsensical unpredictability of our ordinary lives.

Three Phases

Medium:

Acrylic, graphite, situational debris on canvas

Size:

90 x 70 cm

Objects exist near my paintings as integral parts of the narrative. These uncredited lived-in things activate the conversations between the paintings.

In this exhibition I collaborated with the owner of the item; the shoes. She was given full authority to place her discarded belongings in the way she saw most fitting. Allowing this performance, gave way to, and integrated the profound spirit of the object.

Medium:

Acrylic, graphite, situational debris on canvas and found object

Size:

180 x 150cm & 90 x 70cm

Roaring At Others

Medium:

Acrylic, graphite, situational debris on canvas

Size:

180 x 150 cm

Devoted Warmth (Peripheral I) - left

Tough Tender (Peripheral II) - right

Medium:

Acrylic, graphite, situational debris on canvas

Size:

Each 90 x 70 cm

Permission To Keep You (Peripheral III)

Medium:

Acrylic, graphite, situational debris on canvas

Size:

90 x 70 cm