Annie Whiles works with art as a suspect activity. She is involved in a relationship with a representational language that aims to form a tension between what we might know intuitively and how we might conduct ourselves as contemporary artists and audiences.
She works closely with pictorial devices, to allow for a humorous exchange between the quotidian and the miraculous, between soviet realism and surrealism. She is interested in who magic belongs to, as a kind of cultural lost property. Her work refers to an emblematic language, ceremonial, ritualistic and social artefacts of affiliation in the form of woodcarving, hand embroidery, drawing and film.
- 2000 M.A. Fine Art Goldsmiths College
- 1991 B.A. Hons Sculpture, Wimbledon School of Art, London
Annie served as a lecturer in Fine Art at Goldsmiths for nine years. She previously lectured for Camberwell School of Art's BA Drawing programme, and served as a turor at Nottingham Trent University and Hertfordshire University in BA Fine Art and Scultpure Foundation.
Annie's work has been featured in solo shows at Danielle Arnaud Gallery, Regent Street, Peckham Cinema and Cable Street Gallery in London, as well as in group exhibitions at Collective Gallery in Edinburgh, the Compton Verney 2007 Braziers International Artists Workshop and exhibition, and galleries across London including Camberwell Space, Standpoint Gallery, Museum of Garden History and Voltaire.
The Peckham Experiment
Freee, Freee; Whiles, Annie; David, Jo; House, Rachel; Kenning, Dean; Cobb, Nicholas; Robbins, Freddie; Cloth, Jay; Wayman, Mark; Kwan, Gayle Chong; Bishop, Mark (J. M.)
METROPOLIS RISE: NEW ART FROM LONDON
Whiles, Annie. 2006. METROPOLIS RISE: NEW ART FROM LONDON. In: "METROPOLIS RISE: NEW ART FROM LONDON", CQL Design Centre,200060 Shanghai and Dashanzi 798 Art District, Chaoyang, Beijing, 4/30/2006 - 5/14/2006.