Show Less
Restricted access

The Glass Veil: Seven Adventures in Wonderland

Series:

Suzanne Anker and Sabine Flach

In this collaborative work between artist and theorist Suzanne Anker and art historian Sabine Flach, the study of image production unveils the reality of pictures beyond their function as mere representations of the world. The visuals range from firsthand accounts of specimen collections in historical medical museums, to scientific research laboratories, to studies of plant propagation, among other themes concerning life forms and Bio Art. Focusing on systems of artistic knowledge, the authors demonstrate how context, scale and framing devices alter meaning in pictorial systems. Somatic responses, classification networks and image banks are explored as they relate to intersections in visual art and the biological sciences.
Show Summary Details
Restricted access

Intimacy Unveiled: Suzanne Anker

Extract

SUZANNE ANKER

Works of art are fragile substances, sometimes materially incarnated and at other times mere actions, or even ephemeral thoughts. To think and more profoundly to embody this form of magical thinking is life’s creative potential and nagging imposition. Obsessionally driven to engage in the process of what comes next, the artist, like the gymnast, summons his powers of concentration and moves center stage into the zone. Even in private, such obliqueness to life carries with it a special spatial coordinate in which failure is not an option. I am thinking about Käthe Kollwitz as she describes in her writings the loss of her son and the ways in which her art became a substitute for life. She speaks of her journey of driven desire, internally apprehended as a withdrawal from life itself. To embark upon a life filled with stops-and-starts, is not particular to artists of a certain sort. But some artists must account for time spent, removed from the practicalities of life, while others engage themselves in the high-stake returns of artist-as-entrepreneur. Like sumo wrestlers sitting in economy airplane seats, some artists have built-in mutability meters and can adjust as necessary in playing art world monopoly. Others are not well suited for such approaches. Ascetic, ravished, egomaniacal, insecure or eccentric are some of the words to describe an artist’s states of being.

Over the past number of years I have pursued projects which have brought me closer to the idea that art...

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

This site requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals.

Do you have any questions? Contact us.

Or login to access all content.