My practice explores the dynamic between personal and cultural myths. Specifically I’m interested in how our private narratives are deeply rooted in ancient folklore and storytelling. In my work I interweave female archetypes into sculptural hybrids in order to examine ideas of identity, gender, and craft.
My main medium of work is wearable sculpture and performance. I work in a technique called tufting, making hand-made carpet textile, which I then transform into wearable sculptures. I begin by creating a pattern of a three-dimensional form, followed by manually tufting each piece of the pattern, and finally assembling it into a wearable, tufted sculpture.
The wearable sculpture functions as both a garment that is performed in as well as a free-standing sculpture. Through this medium, I examine how elements associated with the domestic sphere such as textiles and carpet operate as an extension of the self and reflect one's heritage and gender role. In my performances the tufted, domestic carpet serves as an external added layer of skin, which hides the physical body but exposes fragments of the self.
Anna Perach (1985, USSR) is a Ukrainian born Israeli artist living and working in London, UK. She holds an MFA in fine art (distinction) from Goldsmiths, University of London (2020). She has exhibited internationally at galleries including: White Cube gallery, London, UK, Live Works, Centrale Feis, Italy, Saatchi Gallery. London, UK and Larsen Warner gallery in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2020 she was a finalist at the Birth Rites Collection Biennial Competition for New Works and The Ingram Prize. Anna also received a grant for the production of new work from Procreate Project via the Arts Council England. Recent publications include Floorr Magazine and Calvert Journal.
Born in Ukraine (USSR), 1985. Lives and works in the London.
2020 MFA in Fine Art (distinction), Goldsmiths University of London,
2008 BFA in Fine Art, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design,
Department of Fine Arts, Jerusalem, Israel.
2006 Academy of Fine Arts Münster. Germany
2021 The moon Prophecy, Herzliya Museum of contemporary art, Herzliya, Israel
Two person show with Anousha Payne, Cookelatham gallery, London, UK
2021 Around The Table, No20Arts, London, UK
Old Friends New Friends, Collective Ending, London, UK
Staying with the trouble, l’étrangère, hosted by Austin Desmond Fine Art, London, UK
The Sun and the Moon, Vitrine, Basel, Switzerland
“Touch Me Not”, The Ryder Projects, Madrid, Spain
Pending, San Mei Gallery, London, UK
2020 Departure, Jean Claude Maier gallery hosted by Christopher Jones, Lisbon, Portugal
Art Verona digital, ada-projects booth, Italy
Seven Wives, Goldsmiths University of London, London, UK
Identity, Jüdische Gemeinde, Frankfurt, Germany
In Stitches, Larsen Warner, Stockholm, Sweden
Five Hides, Manor Place Walworth, London, UK
London Grads Now, Saatchi gallery, London, UK
Storia Notturna, Centrale Feis, Italy
Tomorrow: London, online exhibition, White Cube Gallery,
Birth Rites Collection Biennial Competition
for New Works 2020 finalist
Contact, online exhibition on Fad Magazine's Instagram page,
organised by Thorp Stavri.
The watercolour challenge, online exhibition,
organised by Rafal Zajko and Lindsey Mendick
Ridiculous, Elephant West, London. UK
2019 Parade, Broadway Gallery, Letchworth, UK
Plus One, Limbo, Margate Festival, Margate, UK
Mother of Egg, Letrangere, London, UK
Night Garden, Yngspc, Online Exhibition
Black Swan Art prize (shortlisted), Frome, UK
ABSINTHE3, Spit & Sawdust, London, UK
Textus Ex Machina, aqb Project Space, Budapest, Hungary
Mostyn open 21 shortlisted exhibition, MOSTYN,
Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize shortlisted exhibition,
Ashurst, London, UK
Apparatus, Pckham 24, Safehouse1, London, UK
The Mother Art Prize 2019, Mimosa House, London, UK
Shortlisted for New Contemporaries 2019, London, UK
Vestige, De Pimlico Project, London, UK
2018 Play, The Arcade Project, London, UK
Gold x, Deptford X, London, UK
Rhapsodies, Ping-Pong, Brussels, Belgium
Still “Life”, Mars gallery, Tel- Aviv, Israel
Jutro, Castor projects, London, UK
Apophenia, Roman Road, London, UK
Solo award finalists exhibition, Chira williams contemporary art,
Cello Factory, London, UK
Fresh Paint Art Fair, Artists’ Greenhouse, Tel- Aviv, Israel
2017 T'ART, Bones and Pearl Gallery, London, UK
2016 Intimate Treasures, Textile & Fiber Jewelry Exhibition,
Textile Arts Factory, Thessaloniki, Greece
Hand Maid, An exhibition in aid of International Women’s Day,
Sweet Art, Hoxton Arches, London, UK
2018 Asylum Arts, International Jewish artist retreat, Garrison, NY, US
2020 Gilbert Bayes Award
2020 Sarabande Foundation Studio Award
2020 Procreate Project, commission to develop a new project and
support artists mothers, Supported by Arts Council England
2009 Sharett Foundation Scholarship for Plastic Art
2020 Chats in Lockdown, a Podcast of artists talking together.
Decorating Dissidence, Craft Culture,
A Creative Conversation: Stephanie Ruth & Anna Perach
Calvert Journal, Step into the outlandish world of
wearable carpet sculptures, where Slavic mythical characters come alive.
Floorr Magazine issue 24, artist interview
Procreate Project- M.A.M.A Publication, issue 40
2019 FOA (friend of the artist) Volume 10, Texas, US
The Mother Art Prize 2019, exhibition catalogue , London, UK
2018 Cherryboy #4 / The Strange Within, London, UK
Young Lynxes Portfolio Competition, Contemporary Lynx online magazine.
2016 Intimate Treasures, Textile & Fiber Jewelry Exhibition, Textile Arts Factory, Thessaloniki, Greece
Hand Maid, An exhibition in aid of International Women’s Day, Sweet Art, Hoxton Arches, London, UK
2007 Artsession 2007: Contemporary Israeli Artists from Russia -catalogue edited by Zeek