Ann Kopka is a visual artist and curator. She has exhibited her work extensively in galleries, museums, hospitals, churches, libraries and non-conventional spaces in London, the UK, Denmark, Germany, Italy, and the USA. And her work is held in private collections in the UK, France, Spain, the USA, and Australia.
Ann’s work has been used to inspire students of all ages, from primary school children to art college students and has been the subject of GCCE art projects. She has participated in collaborative exhibitions with jazz musicians, poets, writers, architects, and designers.
Ann studied Fine Art at Central St Martins College of Art and Design and The City Lit London. She studied The Practices and Debates of Modern Art at the Open University graduating with a First-Class Honours Degree and studied Museum Curating at the Tate Modern.
Ann’s art practice encompasses painting, 2D and 3D mixed media, digital art, and installation, and is informed by her fascination with the relationships between geometry, design, and architecture in both manmade and natural environments. With a visual emphasis on exploring the relationships between structure and scale, colour and light, repetition and pattern, her artworks hover between the representation of recognisable images and the non-traditional formal repetition of shapes and structures prevalent in abstract art.
Ann’s paintings ‘grow’ through the application of multiple layers of vibrant acrylic colour. Colour is employed not to be representational but to convey light and energy, emphasise the circulation of movement and bind the network of structures together into a coherent picture. This may result in paintings that have an illusion of depth, sometimes with distinctive three-dimensional qualities, contradicting the defining flatness of abstract art and yet in art historical terms allude to analytical cubism, constructivism, op-art, and geometric abstraction.
The processes of deconstructing and reconstructing subject matter to articulate concepts of space also resonates with Ann’s digital artwork where subject matter, removed from its original context, is re-imagined alluding to a further interpretation of abstraction.
Ann’s mixed media and 3D artwork frequently engages with the research, process and transformation of discarded everyday ephemera and disregarded disposable objects of little or no intrinsic value. Through the concept of ‘making something out of nothing’ Ann seeks to draw attention to the throwaway nature of consumer society and question our perception of its value systems.