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Meet Anna Carey

Today we’d like to introduce you to Anna Carey.

Anna, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
After leaving school, I studied fine art at the Queensland College of Art in my home town the Gold Coast, Australia. Throughout my degree, I became interested in the rapidly changing urban environment around me. Places and spaces that held childhood memories were disappearing very quickly and it was very disorientating. To explore and express this experience through my work, I experimented with the subject of architecture by making miniature models and then photographing them. This creates an illusion and disorientating space for the viewer, similar to the feeling I was experiencing during the transitions. After graduating university my husband and I decided we wanted to live overseas to experience some place different. We chose Los Angeles because I was very interested in the architecture as it is a style the Gold Coast took inspiration from. My husband’s company is also based here so it felt like a very natural and easy move.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
No, it is not always a smooth road. Choosing a career as an artist has been known to be a risk. In addition, I work with nontraditional mediums which demands sustained attention and it can be challenging for people to understand especially in today’s culture, our attention spans are so small as we consume mass amounts of images per day. Finances can be challenging as an artist, sometimes work does not sell and I have had stressful times not knowing if I will have sufficient income. To overcome this, I have had to learn to set boundaries, goals and ask for what I need which was hard for me as a more introverted personality. In addition, making artwork is hard work, very time consuming and labour intensive. There have been many technical obstacles with challenging long days and late nights, where I felt like giving up and had to push myself physically and mentally to get to the finish line. Sometimes I think people think being an artist is fun and romantic but there are a lot of sacrifices and the idea of life balance goes completely out the window for months even years. A lack of balance is not something I want in life or want to glamorize but sometimes it’s the reality and can be a season in life when you are birthing something into the world.

Please tell us more about your art.
I’m a fine artist focusing on the process of making architectural models and photographing them to create an imaginative space for the viewer. People know me for that process and the style of common architecture I depict. What makes my work different to other artists working with constructed photography is my concern with the memories of the spaces and the poetic imagination. I photograph the model with a frontal approach showing it objectively as its is which magnifies the model and triggers the imagination. I see people engage with the work through this imagination and a sense of play which makes me happy as it is my aim.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
It sounds cliche but I feel like an artwork is successful if it has integrity and comes through uninhibited from the heart. Personally, I think that my career is successful when there is joy involved in making. However as I have mentioned earlier, there can be hard times but if there is no joy or integrity, I have not succeeded.

Pricing:

  • My works range from $2350 – $4000. I currently have a show at Andrew Baker Art Dealer. For more information about available works you can check out the galleries  at www.andrew-baker.com or artereal.com.au. Or you can contact myself or the galleries, all the contact information is  on my website.

Contact Info:

  • Website: annacarey.net
  • Email: hello@annacarey.net
  • Instagram: @annacareyhere


Image Credit:

Image Credit to Alex Chomicz and Jamie Stenning

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