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Annushka Peck

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artist bio

Annushka Peck works in the areas of new media, sculpture, video and installation. Her work uses various means to explore the intersections of liminal and interstitial space with the landscapes of contemporary and mediated life found in systemic structures, architectures and the states of abandoned, neglected and built spaces.

Annushka currently teaches at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and exhibits widely. She received an MA and MFA in Intermedia from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2007, 2008), a BFA in Sculpture (University of Oregon, 2005) and in Painting (Bemidji State University, 1996). Peck was awarded a residency at the Museum of Jurassic Technology (2006), lectured on her work for the American Studies Association of Turkey Conference in Ankara, Turkey (2007), was named a emerging artist finalist in the Mary L. Nohl Fellowships (2008, 2009) and created a temporary public project through Milwaukee's IN:SITE organization (2009).

artist statement

At the threshold of new experience, one often pauses before departing from the known, to unknown. Being ‘lost’ is a term that describes the act of orienting through areas of unrecognizable associations. This is not simply a physical, locational state, but also a space of psychological upheaval, developing as one’s mind scrambles to locate familiar touchstones. The state or quality of being lost could also be characterized as an existentially liminal state, a transitional location of ‘in-between-ness;’ a state of nebulous orders and associations in which any referents must carefully examined and reordered in order to make sense of what one encounters.

This re-ordering of associations, between the known and speculative, the structured and formless are what allow one to build a ‘map,’ which can be used to lead one out of such a liminal, lost or in-between state; reliance on old orders of logic in such instances lead to an incomplete departure from the state of being lost.

It is this, the quality and the nature of a liminal state that I explore in my work.

The form my work takes incorporates mapping, built space, residue, fragments, systems, architectures, margins, voids, formless-ness, the “in-between”, forgotten, neglected and abandoned space, and the state or quality of the liminal.

I seek to create a quality of de-centered positioning by reframing the subject/object relationships and positions. I build relationships between disparate elements, pieces removed from a larger whole. My work develops from a process not simply of disassembly, but dissociation as well, as this is the nature of fragmentation. When unity is fragmented, the viewer is removed from the privileged position of viewing something as whole, or from within the comfort of a normalized subject/object relationship. It is from this position that the viewer is asked to re-contextualize and unify the scattered elements. Meaning is thus derived from the viewer’s animation of the ideas and their own mnemonic relationships to the content, not a singular, or authoritative vision that one is expected to puzzle out. This is important because it is not my intention to orchestrate one view, but rather, to invite associative dialogue between the different perspectives.

I use materials that call up prior associations, spaces that allow unique access, and referents that can move one from an individual experience, to that of a collective association. I use familiar spaces and materials and present them in ways that alter the perception of what can, or does exist. I create physical experience and visual content with subject matter rooted in associations with the land and human progression: with them, I ponder the catastrophe and beauty of our impact. It is my desire to create work that fragments associations, disorients the viewer’s physical, mnemonic and psychological sense of space and creates areas of diffusion for the assembly of a new perception.