Anna Sörenson’s paintings and collages are conceptual – she uses art to record and investigate her environment, within a cultural context, through the prism of theories and ideas revolving around the consciousness and the unconscious. For Sörenson art work is not just an illusion rather it is a material manifestation of our perception of the World around us. To this end she manipulates everyday materials such as paper, fabric, thread, found materials, etc to connect her work with the real world, while her use of colour and repetition gives us, the viewer the illusion of a painting.
Here’s what she says about her methodology:
My view of art comes from daily events, such as forms and motions around me. I am experimenting with material and making collages of common every day elements like garbage bags, plastic lids and fabric pieces. A painting can be an illusion, a picture and a psychical object, and everyone reads it differently.
Epistemology, memory, and language are concepts and concerns I return to and reflect on. They are fundamental in our communication and our everyday life.
I move, I watch, I reflect. The English Anthropologist and Semiotics Theorist Gregory Bateson created an interesting theory by comparing what we regard as conscious reason with the unconscious, concluding that the unconscious mind is less mysterious than our consciousness.
Consciousness is the computational method of the unconscious. Consciousness is a primary process, always active and necessary; an adaptation of our environment. It is not only what we perceive but how we perceive it
You can see her work at the ‘Valence In Everyday Objects’ show at Ed. Varie, 208 East 7th Street, East Village / Lower East Side, New York from 20th September – 14th October, 2012