A.Škodenko. Two-tongued in both senses. Installation view. Chair, faux grass on leather. 2020.
A.Škodenko, Untitled [Thanks to H. C. Andersen…]. 2017. Installation view. 2018
A.Škodenko, Prisoner's Cinema. 2014. Oil on aluminium. Photo: Johannes Säre.
Anna Škodenko is an artist, whose work is characterised by a lyrical and analytical approach to her medium and visual image. The format of the work depends on the conceptual frame, which she creates through textual writing conditioned by a specific place, context and theme. Anna often creates situations that simultaneously connect and disconnect the audience — kind of a everted “isolation tanks”.
Škodenko graduated from the painting department at the Estonian Academy of Arts (BA, 2009) and at Glasgow School of Arts (MA, 2017), complementing her studies at Chelsea College of Art in Lonodon, and ICA Moscow. She has been awarded with the Eduard Wiiralt prize (2016) and Köler Prize grand prix (2018).
There is an undertone that a city as a public body should be avoided. And the surroundings are untouchable. Brief breath… a shallow one. Pass by but mind the tales balancing between the inner and the outer. There is that very certainty in the uncertainty.
During my residency stay I want to “palpate” that outer common space with unplugged portable art shows (exhibitions in an overcoat, drawing en plein air, pop-up video projections, images left to be possibly not found) for an accentual viewer. Making a move to a public space, I want to think of it as of one-to-one interplay in an intimate context with just one potential addressee.
Anna Škodenko’s residency is realised with support from the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture by Nordic Culture Point.