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So far Anja Marais has created 99 blog entries.

SFCC exhibition [press clipping]

If you’re interested in the art of here & now, you need to see this show BY ANNE TSCHIDA for the Miami Herald Yet there are several pieces without much color at all that also fit, thematically, into the artistic landscape of South Florida. One is a haunting, site-specific installation, hung from the ceiling, from South-African born Anja Marais. As an immigrant herself, as so many are here, she creates pieces that relate to disenfranchised, disconnected communities. In the suspended ripped and torn panels, in black and white, you can discern a poor small farmhouse and fields. Unlike the collage from Mar which hangs behind it, Marais has created this work not by layering and applying, but by a process called décollage, where she manipulates the initial images by tearing and cutting it, also forming a new, unique perspective by elimination. Inextricable Intertangling, 2017 [...]

By | 2017-07-13T08:53:33+00:00 July 11th, 2017|

The Codex of the Films and Pictures of Anja Marais: Oneiric Metaphors – by Rosa JH Berland [write-up]

The disquieting allure of Anja Marais’ practice comes from a masterly weaving of mysticism. Formally, the work falls somewhere between the grace of Jean-Eugène-Auguste Atget, the shadowy poetry of Surrealist film making, the complex ornateness of Matthew Barney’s films and feminist body art. These intricate worlds are made from handmade sculpture, video, pixilation animation video, and photography. They captivate, one can hardly wait for the next scene or chapter to emerge. Most recently, Marais has embarked on a series of self-titled “visual poems” including a sequence of related projects comprised of moving picture, photography, costumes, hand made sculpture and mixed media. These “poems” take place in natural environments such forests, hills, expanses of grass, or next to a body of water and appear to transcribe memory and experience, particularly that of woman. The stories are often-wordless visual worlds in which secrets are ritually revealed, the [...]

By | 2017-07-13T09:28:11+00:00 May 2nd, 2017|

Ucross Art Residency Spring Attendance

I came to the residency with a folded piece of paper with my "How to" questions inked on it. Questions that I wanted to think about while working for a month in my Wyoming studio that overlooked the creek and the snowy hills. Questions in how to conduct myself as an artist, a woman, a humanist in these ambiguous times: How to be cerebral without intellectualizing? How to be spiritual but not religious? How to be intuitive but not sentimental? How to feel without emoting? How to be an observer without being an intruder? How to be kind without enabling? How to be ambitious without succumbing to narcissism? How to be motivated without being obsessed? How to forgive without becoming a doormat? How to be tolerant without justifying mediocrity? How to love without being submissive? How to be still without being petrified? How to be [...]

By | 2017-07-12T12:51:04+00:00 March 15th, 2017|

Cinema of Dreams at Gallery Ground Moscow [exhibition]

My video work "Cathedral" will be part of the exhibition Cinema of Dreams at Gallery Ground Moscow Exhibition dates: December 16, 2016 - February 12, 2017 Curators program of video art: Elena Gubanova, Kate Bochavar The curator of the animated program: Pavel Shvedov The exhibition invites visitors to "Cinema of Dreams", where on one screen mixed cartoons and video art, surrealism and the irrationality that is the best suited for fixing of dreams and similar states of human consciousness. The curators of contemporary art and animated content curators have tried to bring together both genres work in such a way that the viewer, having lost touch with reality, plunged into a state of sleep awake. Opening hours: Tues. - Sun. from 11:00 to 20:00 Gallery and Studio Sandy Ground Street. Novopeschanaya d. 23, k. 7, Moscow, Russia Artists: Petr Bely, Margarita Novikova, Rose By Sergei [...]

By | 2017-07-13T10:47:28+00:00 December 15th, 2016|

Sedona Summer Art Colony and Redreaming the World

Arriving at Sedona Summer Art Colony 2016 This July I was in the inaugural group of artists invited to the Sedona Summer Art Colony in the foothills of Sedona's Red Rocks. I arrived with a plan of how I would use this secluded month towards my upcoming art project. I had a Plan A, and if I had enough time I even had a Plan B. Needless to say these notions were out the window within 24 hours. I got swallowed whole. The vast landscape squashed my ego, my importance, my mind. The openness unshrouded the sky, leaving my head vulnerable to the heavens. My lungs strained wider for the indifferent dry air. My pale soft body mocked by the ancient red rock formations. Stupendous decaying boulder teeth protruding out of the Earth's skull. My identity dissolved into the abyss of the desert. Poof. Sedona [...]

By | 2017-07-11T00:08:16+00:00 August 8th, 2016|