Artist Statement - "Selfscapes"
"I make art to help people feel good about themselves. I hope to bring the human experience out of modernity and into the timeless and the natural. I make this art because I have long found many of my problems to be rooted in social norms and cultural expectations. I never feel more liberated than when I am away from civilization, in the solitude of nature. I created this series with acrylic paint on ceramic tiles. Some tiles are figurative while others are simple landscapes.
I made these pieces shortly after leaving London for rural living in Japan. I lived in nature, far away from a city, without internet, biking for long periods of time to buy food and bring home water. This was an introspective chapter of my life, one in which I became deeply connected to nature and my inner emotions. To me, these pieces represent a balance between inner and outer landscapes, between the emotional and the physical."
About the Artist
Anna Kazan was born in New York City and has created artworks in London, Scotland, Morocco, Germany, Switzerland, Amsterdam, Turkey, and France. She has spent the last six months painting in Japan. Anna earned a BFA from the School of Visual Arts, and has exhibited at the Society of Illustrators in New York as a Scholarship Award Competition finalist. Her portraits have been displayed at the Greenpoint Gallery in New York. Anna's artistic philosophy is based on body-positive feminism. She aims to create images that take the female body beyond a place of passivity and into a place of action.
You can also find her here: AnnaKazan.com