QCP is taking the works of twelve Australian photo-media artists to Photo LA (15 – 18 January 2015) and Photo Contemporary (1 – 3 May 2015). This series of focus interviews gives an insight into the selected artists.
How did you first become interested in art and photography?
I started to use photography while I was at university. I was constructing miniature architectural models for large-scale installations and I decided to experiment with photography. I was interested in (and still am) the disorientating experience one has with a familiar space, and combining photography and model making allows me to achieve a confusing experience for the viewer. At first I was not particularly interested in the medium of photography, the medium just allowed me to translate the ideas I was exploring. In my work photography and sculpture are equally important, each medium relies on the other to create the work. However in saying that after using photography for several years now I have become fascinated by the medium and the issues it raises such as its relationship to truth and memory.
What work are you showing in LA?
I am showing my most recent series Twilight at Photo LA and Photo Contemporary. In previous work I explored vernacular architecture of my hometown the Gold Coast. However the body of work Twilight explores my experiences of the God Coast and the cities it has copied such as Los Angeles and Las Vegas in order to represent a certain homogeneity of the experience of a particular style of architecture within distant yet connected contemporary cultures. When encountering these familiar spaces in America, memories from the Gold Coast form part of these engagements. The work is not based on a specific place; instead, it is built from memory and imagination that conflate many aspects of place and architecture into one fictional example.
What are your plans for 2015?
2015 is a very exciting, as I will be based in Los Angeles for most of the year. I am so grateful for the support of QCP for giving me the opportunity to exhibit my new work while I am in Los Angeles. I will be attending and exhibiting with QCP at Photo La in January and Photo Contemporary in May. I also have the opportunity to show at PYO Gallery in LA in April, which stemmed from my involvement in Photo La in 2013. I am also currently working towards a solo show titled Star Dust, which will be shown late 2015 at Andrew Baker Art Dealer in Brisbane, Australia. The body of work will explore the many replications of Star Dust motels that exist in America and Australia.
For more information about Anna Carey and the LA program, please visit the new QCP International website and Anna Carey’s website.
Banner image: Anna Carey, photo by Toby Scott