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"Grounded in Culver" : Anika Cartterfield

  • Co-Lab Projects @ Glissman Road 5419 Glissman Road Austin, TX, 78702 United States (map)
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Partial Shade and Co-Lab Projects present:
Grounded In Culver
Anika Cartterfield
March 30th - May 4th, 2019

Opening Reception: March 30th, 5-9pm
Open Hours: Self-guided visitation available during daylight hours or contact us for a guided visit

In the work Grounded in Culver, Anika Cartterfield creates a space on Partial Shade’s Platform that expands and contorts the original structure. As viewers, we are invited to engage with the screened architectural space, entering the “indoors” to better observe the outdoors. The circular motion through the work does not offer a culminating moment, but instead focuses us on a series of changing viewpoints organized by the space. In this shifting visual and physical experience we are encouraged to consider more than what we are looking at, to reflect on how we see, how we connect and make meaning of separate and contrasting views. Using the barrier of screen, Cartterfield asks: how do we make meaning across contrasting visual, auditory, and physical information? How does this process relate to methods of understanding “other,” specifically the western construct of wild, both in terms of its natural and social constructs? How do our own biases shape this process, succeeding and falling short of genuine seeing?

Anika Cartterfield is a sculptor, experience-based researcher, and conservation activist. Her process begins with understanding the specifics of her site; she investigates the hard and soft history of a place, drawing from geology, archeology, and sociology. She then translates this content into work that articulates how the culture and landscape of the space interact. Her current work explores Texas’ culture and policy around land ownership and how such constructs relate to the human longing for wild. Cartterfield has created site-specific installations in the US and abroad and exhibited in galleries in Vermont, Boston, Maryland, and Austin. She completed her B.F.A. at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design ‘15. She was the 2015 recipient of the prestigious Godine Travel Award to support a two-month material research trip in Mexico. She has participated in residencies at Salem Art Works in NY, Monson Arts Center and Haystack School of Craft and Design in ME, and Arquetopia in Puebla MX. Cartterfield has worked extensively as a leader in conservation nonprofits and as a resident coordinator at Salem Art Works. She is currently making work in Austin TX as an MFA candidate at University of Texas at Austin.