Anna Masters creates and curates immersive and exploratory exhibitions designed in response to the geography and physical qualities of the space.
You can find Anna's bibliography and a list of selected exhibitions of her mixed media artworks here.
Forthcoming (June 2024)
Petal Strings is a collaborative exhibition between Anna Masters, Helena Cavan and the Cavan Trio. Blending visual art, poetry, music and participatory works, Petal Strings takes the marking of time through the seasons as its starting point.
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Museo Spazio Pubblico, Bologna
From ephemeral enclosures to delicate floral installations, [SHELTER] brings together a new body of works spanning two sites – the museum gallery and an adjacent vacant plot. Adopting the motif of endemic flora, [SHELTER] presents questions of how we inhabit place: the relationships we have with the land; the dichotomy between public and private spaces; and the performativity of place.
Inside the gallery, Masters presents wall-based and suspended installations of the leaves and petals of native plants, a poetic and sensitive ode to the natural landscape. Alongside these are sculptural interventions – miniature ecosystems - constructed using refuse collected from the local neighbourhood, an envisioning of a more symbiotic relationship with the natural world. Outside, the audience are invited into intimate enclosures, translucent fabric floral shelters made with natural materials and dyes. Within these exhibits, we see a collapsing of the accepted norms of place, as the outside offers private sanctuary, while the gallery becomes increasingly filled with flora in a ‘growing’ installation.
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The Geography of Time
London Metropolitan University
There are moments that last a lifetime. There are years that squeeze themselves into a dot of memory. And there are occasions that keep recurring, replaying, eternal, incessant.
The regularity of the stark tick-tocking of the clock stands at odds with our experience of time yet is our only way of navigating it. Tick, tock, tick, tock. Clinical, linear, predicable, fixed. The gap that is created when this regular, predictable tick-tocking stands at odds with how we experience time raises the question, “is there more to time than this linear, predictable trajectory?”. And if so, does time have the potential to be manipulated, or even navigated?
The Geography of Time posits the idea that if we are able to envisage time as a landscape, then we might be able to develop modes of exploration which go beyond the constraints of clock-time. The works in this exhibit are a foray into what forms this might take; exploring the potential of the relic, map and clock as tools that can allow us to plot our personal and shared histories, locate our present, and navigate into the future.
A collaborative exhibition curated by Anna Masters
The past years have challenged our relationships with the places that we call our homes. What does it mean not to be able to leave your home, and what does it mean not to have the stability of a place to call home? Pandemics, wars and displacement have caused us to call into question what it is that makes a home. Is it the place, the relationships, or the self? Is it a feeling that can be brought with you or constructed? In association with Sevenoaks Welcomes Refugees, seven artists explore what 'home' means to them.
Home featured artists Dawn Cole, Emmy Dijkstra, Christina France, Melissa Hill, Anna Masters, Alex Rennie and Franny Swann in an exhibition incorporating painting, printmaking, sculpture, installation and audio.