Anna Gaskell | the artist
The artist Anna Gaskell
Born 1969, Des Moines, Iowa, USA.
Lives and works in New York, .
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Anna Gaskell was born in Des Moines, Iowa in 1969. Gaskell studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she received a B.F.A. in 1992; she received an M.F.A. from Yale University in 1995. Casey Kaplan Gallery in New York in 1997; Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami (1998), White Cube in London (2002), Aspen Art Museum in Aspen, Colorado (2000), Castello di Rivoli in Rivoli, Italy (2001), the Menil Collection in Houston (2002), The Box at the Wexner Center in Columbus, OH (2007), and Gisela Capitian in Cologne, Germany (2009). Sightings at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London (1998), Visions From America at The Whitney Museum in NY, NY (2002), Moving Pictures at the Guggenheim Museum and Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (2003), Art and Artist, at the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, MA (2004), Stalemate the at Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, IL (2005), Global Feminisms at the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY (2007), Always Begins by Degrees at The Common Guild in Glasgow, Scotland (2008), and Subversive Spaces at The Whitworth Art Gallery, The University of Manchester, Great Britain (2009). She received the Citibank Private Bank Photography Prize in 2000 and a Nancy Graves Foundation grant in 2002. Gaskell received the award for Best Documentary Short Film at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2009.
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Gaskell creates a fantastic world in which she blurs the distinction between creators and their creations. In these images, the viewer must determine who holds dominion over whom.
Anna Gaskells work has little to do with either. Her bright colour photographs of Alice (sometimes Alice has a Tweedledum twin) in her blue pinafore and yellow cotton dress, jumping in the air, swimming through tears, playing with flowers – oh, yes, fiddling with her hair, wide-open mouth and lips, and giving her twin mouth-to-mouth resuscitation – were displayed, sometimes large, sometimes small, gratuitously suggesting the fictional Alices size-shifting..
Using Vizcaya as a portal, Anna Gaskell explores ideas about the relations of time and space, memory, amnesia and déjà vu. Moving throughout the garden the camera engages the viewer in a game of hide and seek…
3 untitled Works
A different kind of fictional world can be observed in Anna Gaskell’s work…
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Fairy Tales From The Other Side Of The Mirror