Artist Anna Fafaliou tells us about the works that Inspire Her

by Amy Marie Slocum

Anna Fafaliou (b.1987) is a conceptual artist currently working between London and Los Angeles. Originally trained as a performance artist, Fafaliou’s practice is rooted in a deep understanding of how the body negotiates the interior space of the mind in relation to that of the exterior world.

Fafaliou’s recent work explores the relationship between object, memory and identity. Her recent practice is based on the distortion of commonplace objects, materials, and forms in order to create new dialogues between them and the viewer, observing the disruption of their familiarity to them.

Exemplifying this process is Fafaliou's series 67 Ticking Clocks, made of 67 functioning alarm clocks, each covered in white plaster. The continuous sound emitted by the 67 white alarm gives a traceable quality to the otherwise invisible passage of time, in which subtle parts of our lives change before our eyes without notice. The notion of time and the artist’s consideration of such is also echoed in her practice, where the plaster technique is used to allude to the slow transition of material from wet to dry. Here the various symbolic assumptions often associated with the color white operate in conjunction with the materiality of the plaster covering the objects and the history of their origins. The white plaster evacuates the object’s details that give it its specificity, while simultaneously preserving the object within the encasement.

Anna's newest exhibition, Traces of Memory, will be on view at De Re Gallery, Los Angeles, from May 11–June 6, 2017.

Below, the artist tells us about three works that inspired her. 

Image courtesy MoMA

Image courtesy MoMA

Eva Hesse. "Repetition 19" (1968).

"Ever since I've been exposed to her, I can't help but go back whenever I need some more inspiration. A brilliant and stubborn artist who although unfortunately died very young she left a massive artistic legacy. "Repetition 19," a site specific installation, is one of my favorites because it signifies a new era in Eva's art when she started working with fiberglass. This beautiful piece of work sits directly on the floor of the gallery and is one of the best examples of minimalism."

Doris Salcedo. “1550 Chairs Stacked Between Two City Buildings” (2002).

"Salcedo is an amazing and breathtaking artist, her installations are food for thought and an opportunity to reflect as a viewer. I've picked up randomly one of the installation works as it's impossible to choose which one is my favourite. I would definitely suggest though to check the chairs installation that she did few years ago for the Istanbul Biennale – mind-blowing!"

Image courtesy the artist

Image courtesy the artist

Chiharu Shiota. "In silence" (2013).

"'In silence' by Chiharu Shiota is one of my favourite installations. Having worked as a set designer the dramatic elements and the narratives in her work are incredibly strong. Her installations have autobiographical and cultural associations – this why why they can be quite strong. The burnt piano in 'In Silence' is a reference to a childhood memory that she had when she saw her neighbor's house burning down."

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