The cre8ery gallery is hosting a solo exhibition by the Swiss artist Anja Studer. Studer has lived in Switzerland for the past 20 years and this is her 3rd solo exhibition.
The works within this exhibition are an exploration of human existence and identity. We are all complex beings with different layers to our personalities. Some are due to the roles we play in our personal lives, or our careers, and others are the fundamental personality traits we were born with. We put on masks for protection, disguise, performance, or entertainment, and some experiences can cause cracks in our layers. Some of our layers are visible and some are hidden, but at the core, we are more alike than different. To truly see somebody for who they are, do we chip away at those layers or is this accumulation of layers what truly makes us into who we are – complex and beautiful.
This series of work consists of encaustic paintings, illustrations, and sculptures.
Each of the encaustic painting and hand-painted nesting dolls is a portrait. Each layer of wax within the paintings expresses a different part of the subject’s personality through abstract landscapes, photography, transfers of graphic patterns, and illustrations. The nesting doll sets each consist of 3 dolls and are hand-painted using acrylic paints. Each doll depicts an animal symbolizing a part of the subject’s personality.
The clay sculptures focus on the damage life can cause. Instead of hiding our imperfections we should embrace them and realize that all experiences, good or bad, make us into who we are. This philosophy is underlined through the integration of the centuries-old Japanese art of Kintsugi, through which broken pottery is repaired with 18k gold, showing that if we embrace our history we become more beautiful.