ANYA SINCLAIR – Mise en Garde – 10 Oct-3 Nov, 2017
‘Looking at a series of Anya Sinclair’s works, it is hard to know exactly when we, as viewers lose our hold on reality. The break is never instant, but the longer we spend looking, the further we fall from what we know.
Critically, these landscapes are empty, emphatically devoid of any human or animal subject. The question of what we are doing there, of who we are – or what we are looking at – will not be answered.
Even the undeniable anxiety of these landscapes seems to alter as you look at them. At one moment, the unease on display feels like our response to the darkness of nature, of ourselves, our inability to ever fully encompass it. The next, it is an anxiety for nature itself, its degradation at our hands, these landscapes that are actually falling to pieces.
Like ourselves, these abstracted works bear a vestigial relation to nature – they are ‘from’ it – but have almost severed their ties to it – they are no longer ‘of it’. Here we are brought to a halt, allowed to look around and see just how far we have strayed from the path.’ – Henry Feltham, 2017