Ultra Violet Lair, a creative space in the Hawkesbury area, Sydney

Artist's Statement

Ana is interested in blurring the relationships currently existing between imagination and reality. Ana’s mindset takes her to pathways unseen by others, as it’s her Ultra Violet Lair. There are no boundaries. The gates are permanently held open by the official guards, sunflowers with doll like eyes. They speak of other creative adventures revisited by Ana where nature, old architecture and hints of yesteryear organically coalesce into one. Ana’s interpretation is brought to the table from a wallpaper perspective. It’s a merry-go-round that Ana’s inner child has made clear, she never wants it to end.

 

Ana has a nostalgic memory to her childhood, visiting one of her grandmother’s house in historic Maitland, NSW. The shot silk turquoise curtains, old furniture, porcelain dolls, ornate gold frames, one in particular of a Renoir (print). Outside, the drawcard, the large old peppertree, animals galore, mixed assortment of flowers wild and kept, resting below the wrap around wooden veranda adorned with comfy lounges, scouting invitations to rest upon. No wonder after Ana recently moved to the Hawkesbury, she fell in love, which also changed the direction to her art.

 

Inspiration for Ana, stems back to Ed Kienholz & Aubrey Beardsley. Kienholz, for the hands on spectacular works such as ‘The Merry-Go-World or Begat by Chance and the Wonder Horse Trigger’ and ‘The Hoerengracht’ a life-size installation of the red-light district in Amsterdam (in collaboration with his wife Nancy Reddin Kienholz). Beardsley, for equally mind blowing works, however on paper.