The commission is part of EXPLORERS, a three-year programme led nationally and internationally by Project Art Works.
Anna, who is based in London, self identifies as a neurodiverse autistic adult and has made a new body of photographic work reflecting on her own experiences and has created it with support from Photoworks and artist mentor, Becky Warnock.
Using photography and sculpture, Anna’s commission brings methods of alternative communication to the forefront, by creating a mass of ‘infinity fidget cubes’. From hours of footage taken whilst wearing a GoPro camera, Anna extracts stills hinting to where, when and how her autism may be visible. Her work highlights the barriers and her needs in domestic, work or social moments. These then bind the cubes into objects for touching and experiencing the images using repetitive behaviours. The work is a reaction to her problematic experiences of the UK benefit system. The cubes attempt to establish visual responses to questions from forms and applications of her Personal Independence Payment and its impact on her life and those around her.
For the project, Photoworks approached commissioning a lens-based artist in a new and different way. The organisation shifted their commissioning model to allow wider access to the opportunity. They developed a different type of brief for how to apply and held open surgeries, created PDFs with easy to read and speech functionalities and included a neuro diverse panel in the decision making and commissioning process.
Anna graduated from Wimbledon College of Arts UAL: SCULPTURE in 2015. Her practice is about how she processes information physically and psychologically. In her practice to date, Anna has made sculpture using radios, books, sound recordings, masking tape, pegboard, paperwork and photography. Mixing concept and craft, she matches aesthetic to subject with changing materials.
In Focus presenting Anna Farley is supported by Arts Council England and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and is in partnership with Phoenix Art Space and Project Art Works.