Anna Minchell explores how the Museum creates and presents itself as an artifice of reality. She believes that it achieves this through the controlled experience of viewing and the recurring normalities of display; i.e. plinths and glass cabinets. Her sculptures aim to challenge the gallery/museums’ grammar of display and how their receptivity and meaning is directly linked to this.
“My aim is to challenge the reception of a piece by changing the elements of display to an active contributor of the work itself. I look particularly at how the experience of a museum changes and influences the Art. How focus can be diverted upon not what is happening inside the art piece, but inside the space.
Despite being a sculpture, this piece only exists as a photograph, as I further wanted to challenge the experience of viewing. By doing this, I try to mimic the experience of the museum spectator; entering and photographing the walls of objects/artworks- dissecting it and turning them into a representation.”
Based in South-East London, Anna Minchell graduated from Chelsea College of Arts in 2017. From a background in Textile design, she continues to use this in attempt to challenge the boundaries of display, within art and design.
This piece comes from a series named ‘Content in Context-Vacuums of Display.’ However, Anna doesn’t name individual pieces, as she is exploring the boundaries of naming pieces and how this affects her practice. Drape-Flat is simply a file name.
You can see more of her work here: http://cargocollective.com/annaminchell
You can view this exhibition here online, on Facebook or in person on the corner of Vestry Road and Peckham Road, Camberwell, London SE5 8QL