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Chapter Arts Centre: Anna Barratt – Another Side. Curated by Elena Schmitz - 3 Oct 2008 to 20 Nov 2008

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3 Oct 2008 to 20 Nov 2008

Opening times: Monday – Sunday 10am–9pm
Chapter Arts Centre
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Canton
Cardiff
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Anna Barratt
Untitled. Watercolour in notebook, 2008
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Artists in this exhibition: Anna Barratt


Assembly: Art in the Bar

Anna Barratt – Another Side
Curated by Elena Schmitz

Exhibition: Friday 3 October 2008 – Thursday 20 November 2008
Opening times: Monday – Sunday 10am–9pm


Anna Barratt’s work quietly takes us into a realm of absurdity and unknown territory and her figures and characters reveal a darker side to day-to-day life. The artist says that her “drawings spring from tensions and the isolation of being in a domestic setting.”

Images which appear innocent and sweet at first sight - children flying kites or riding on horseback – reveal something more sinister on closer inspection: strange tubes growing from the children’s heads; the horse has no head. Figures in Barratt’s work are often disembodied, heads appear in cages, eyes are wide open in terror. Snakes, tails, worms, cages and hooded figures are recurring motifs in her work and her drawings are delicately executed in fine pen lines giving them an emotional rawness and naivety, whilst maintaining an ambiguity in their interpretation. Barratt’s use of watercolour in her drawings adds a vibrancy that make her figures seem to float and dance on the pages.

Her work draws extensively on personal and autobiographical details and unites the everyday with the carnivalesque. People are woven into a world that owes as much to Celtic or medieval mythology as it does to contemporary life in all its messy and differentiated forms. It seems that the search for meaning or connection may be the essence of Barratt’s work, not the discovery.

Barratt has also produced simple animations of her drawings. Cut In Half draws from her notebook and appears similar to a ‘flickbook’. The animations have given the artist an opportunity to be “looking outside myself, looking objectively at my drawings”. For this exhibition, Barratt is producing a new animation of her drawings.


Biography

Anna Barratt graduated in 1999 with an MA in Fine Art and Printmaking from the Wimbledon School of Art. Her work has been featured in recent group exhibitions including ‘RE-Drawing, Oriel Davies Open’, Oriel Davies, Newtown, 2008; ‘If You Build It They Will Come’, g39, Cardiff, 2008; ‘Spector vs Rector’, The Residence Gallery, London, 2007 and ‘Celf a Chrefft’, National Eisteddfod, Swansea, 2006. Her first solo exhibition ‘Anna Barratt’ took place at g39, Cardiff earlier this year.







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