House of Shade and Shadows | 2017
Anne Graham has exhibited in the Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne Festivals, the Biennale of Sydney, Perspecta and many curated exhibitions nationally and internationally. She has also been commissioned to create major permanent public art works in Australia and Japan, including three Echigo Tsumari Triennials, and residencies and exhibitions for the Niigata Land and Water Festivals. In 2012 she exhibited in Hong Kong, receiving the Woolmark Award for Creativity. Other residencies include the Kulturcentrum, Konsthallen, Sandviken, Sweden, that culminated in a solo exhibition (2014); a three-month residency for The Power Institute of Fine Arts, at The Cite in Paris (2015). In October 2016 she presented a survey exhibition at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery.
My work is always about people, their habitations and their things; the tent series in which I occupied the streets of many cities and created impromptu kitchens and theatre spaces is evidence of this. I make portraits about the real or imagined history of places, people and things and I assemble installations attempting to distill something from the subject. I collect garden and farming tools, culinary implements, measuring devices, combs and brushes; all of these things relate to some kind repeated human activity. My intention is to transform a known and ordinary thing into something new and not previously imagined.
The Lost City | 2021
Anne Graham has exhibited in many curated exhibitions and created major site-specific artworks nationally and internationally. She has worked extensively in China, Japan, Sweden and France undertaking many commissions and residencies, including a residency from The Power Institute of Fine Arts at The Cite in Paris. She has recently exhibited work at the KMW Gallery, Sydney, The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Bathurst, Tamworth and Wollongong Regional Galleries and exhibited extensively with the local artists group Modern Art Projects Blue Mountains.Her most recent work was exhibited in Fabrik at the Penrith Regional Gallery, November-March 2021,The Chinese Cultural Centre Sydney, March -April 2021 and is now installed as a sculptural centre piece in The Gang Gang Gallery Lithgow.
Anne Graham’s research focuses on investigations of identity and space. When she first moved to NSW she lived in central Sydney and her installations often responded to the underbelly of the city, the in-between places, the untended spaces between buildings occupied by transient visitors. She transformed these unheimlich places into places for interaction, eating, talking, and forming small communities.Since 2010 she has lived in Kanimbla Valley in regional NSW and this place is now informing her work. She has the time to listen to the sounds, observe the skies, look at the extraordinary colours of this landscape as the weather and the seasons change. She has also become aware of the urgent need to protect this extraordinary place. She is hopeful that an aesthetic understanding through art works and a critical and social movement can turn the damage around.