Anne Guest – Photography, drawing, painting

Can you tell us about yourself and your background as an artist/maker?

I have MA in Fine Art from Birmingham City University. I love experimenting with ideas and processes.

Bear the scar – 33 endangered songbirds

Tell us a bit about your creative process.

I love researching an idea and working from that initial idea through to a finished piece of work or project. I like working to produce a series of images on a theme.

Where you do usually work from?

My studio looks out onto open countryside and it is both meditative and inspiring.

Have you developed any unique or unusual techniques in your work?

My most unusual technique involves using smoke (soot) from a candle to make images on paper. I also make cyanotype images from a combination of real objects and combinations of images from collage.

Tell us about a favourite piece of work and what it means to you.

Blow up 2007-8 by Ori Gerscht.
Floral displays are blown up and videos and presented as a slow motion video and still photographs. Simultaneously beautiful and horrific and representing all that is the vanitas and memento mori genres which are about the inevitablilty of death. His resultant images are exquisite.

What is your biggest source of inspiration?

Nature and the symbolism associated with vanitas and memento mori - 'remember you will die'.
I love it when something unintentional happens in a process and the resultant art is better because of it.
I am inspired by a wide range of artists including (in no particular order) Gabriel Orozco, Ori Gerscht, Carravaggio, Matt Collishaw, Agnes Martin, Dorothea Tanning and Idris Kahn to name just a few!

What advice would you have for artists who are just starting out?

Experiment, enjoy and be true to yourself - don't be tempted to follow the latest trend.

Gold dust

How has lockdown changed your creative process?

I have been more productive in lockdown - more time to observe, research and make.

Tell us about any future projects you have planned.

I am currently working on a new body of work that I hope will be able to be shown post lock down.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

I collaborate on projects with @enrichphoto

See more of Anne’s work on her Worcestershire Artists page.

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