Having childhood experiences as a central subject in her practice, Annie Gobel expands her exploration through responding to a specific experience, that is, making friends. Being lonely was undesirable as it made her feel incomplete. While building friendships can be done in many ways, Annie’s early interest in art and craft making was one way. In other words, through craft making, she was building a community of her own. Complete Me displays the results of Annie’s collaboration with artists including a mixed media artist Louise Meuwissen, an interdisciplinary artist Freya Black, textile artists John Brooks, jewellery artists Marcos Guzman, Nell Grant and Bianca Mavrick, and jeweller/object artist Ruby Aitchison. As a metaphor of building a friendship, Annie has asked them to complete her component works by embedding their artistic touch into it. Each of them has a specific method of making, and repertoire of materials and techniques, but this collaboration ask them to consider how they can include an element of otherness into their own. Through this methodology, a series of unified works is formed. They appear as one, although they have been amalgamated with different personalities. A series of Annie’s ‘incomplete’ components is also displayed for the audience to complete and join to exhibit on site. This invitation asks the audience to be part of the new community that this project leads to.
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Earlier Event: August 8Getting There presented by Teddy Bears Wednesday
Later Event: August 11The Handmade House presented by Wide Open Road Art