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The Wall, 2016
Oil on Paper, 14×14 inches. $1200

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The Flight of Knowledge, 2016
Oil on Paper, 14×14 inches. $1200

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Statement

The surface is the landscape,

a landscape in fragments,

a place with the illusion of timelessness.

What hovers above and

what hides beneath

the surface?

The land is shifting underneath our feet.

Stitched up, named, numbered and overseen.

I there any place that is neither mapped nor named?

Is there any place that is like the gap between heaven and earth?

Is there any place for the non-place, Utopia, where all things are possible?

At the moment my practice centres on landscape. Landscape as a representation of place, but the question always is: what exactly does it represent? Landscape itself is full of cultural references and often formed by the expression of political and economical power relations. In that sense landscape is already a representation in its own right, and to represent landscape by means of landscape painting, without acknowledging this, is somewhat problematic.

In this world and this time themes like contested landscape, displacement, economical power, and global control and surveillance are main motifs in my practice. But I also find myself working on very introspective landscapes. I would almost call them landscapes of the mind. Both of those approaches are questioning Place and Space and express themselves in my work as (imaginative) landscapes, maps and surfaces.

Biography

Anna H Geerdes was born in 1960 in Katwijk aan Zee, The Netherlands.

She moved to Orkney, a group of islands north of Scotland, in 1991 where she lived and worked for 15 years. To be able to study Fine Art, she moved to Aberdeen, Scotland where she at Grays School of Art in Aberdeen where she received her BA (first) degree in 2010. She currently lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland.

Anna H. Geerdes Website