Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Saatchi Magazine Interview: Annabel Dover at Transition Gallery

Annabel Dover is interested in ephemera. The kind of stuff we gather and carry with us through life: photos, knickknacks, heirlooms, small personal treasures of little monetary value. Each one carries a story that means something to us and says something about us, something which may or may not be embodied by the object once we’ve parted from it. And it’s from these objects that Dover has formed a body of work consisting of delicately luminous oil paintings, colored pencil drawings, cyanotypes, and films, each one emanating with an intriguing nostalgia, a hint at the deeply personal bonds we create with objects which, once turned into two dimensional artworks, become a desirable object to a wider audience. For her new show at Transition Gallery, Dover draws on imagery of the belongings of Anne Frank as well as old family photos and ultra-short films to examine how, as young people, we construct a narrative for our own futures filled with the idealism and glamour of the movies. During an interview at her home, Dover shared her inspiration with me, and talked about some the personal experiences that had helped form her artistic practice. She began by showing me some photographs that inspired her paintings… (read interview)

Annabel Dover, National Velvet, Transition Gallery, 15 January – 6 February 2011



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