Anna Peters and her Camera
- by Justine Bursoni, posted to Smile Politely on Thursday, April 17, 2008
Anna Peters is usually the one behind the camera. Starting tomorrow, you will get to see a part of Peters
that isn't always on display: her art. Art Coop will be hosting a show displaying her paintings, photographs,
sculpture and installation, including other artists Maria Verdos-Petrou and Ryan Michael Fraser.
And now Smile Politely brings you a little more of Peters:
Constantly trying to stay on top of project deadlines while also being able to make time for my own work and sleep.
Do you think you'll move away from Champaign? If so, why?:
Yes. I have a very hard time staying in one geographical location for more than six months. Sometimes I need to be in
situations where I have no idea what's going on because of a language barrier.
I'm double majoring in New Media and Graphic Design at the University and work at the Art Coop.
"This American Life" is doing a live broadcast to movie theaters across the country on May 1. Radio to television to
movie theater? I'm impressed, Ira.
Two things you can't live without:
Coffee and interaction with people.
What media do you like best?:
It's a tie between film photography and anything where I can use my hands to make messes. I try to get out of the computer
as often as possible.
Which course helped you grow as an artist?:
My first semester foundations drawing professor had a lot to do with the way I now expect a critique to be successfully run.
I don't think I have one of those yet.
Who/what has influenced your style?:
Lately it's been the video works of Sam Taylor-Wood, specifically her interpretation of the "Pietá". Everything is so simple
and stripped down to just the essentials, yet continues to remain absolutely gorgeous. I also am quite fond of Jonathan
Safran Foer's explaination of having 'heavy boots' & David Sedaris' style of documenting very small but very important events
in such a heartbreaking way.
What is Champaign-Urbana's art scene missing?:
Teamwork. I always feel like everyone is trying to out do one another. It makes me very tired.
My mother gave me her old Pentax K1000 when I was in high school and it comes with me everywhere I end up traveling.
Will you be attending any of the events for the Boneyard Arts Festival?:
I'm hoping to get over to see some of the late night space video and sound work.
If you could display your artwork in one place in C-U, where would it be?:
There are too many places to choose from for me to pick just one.
Sweetest person, place or thing of Champaign-Urbana?:
My friend Jen sends me the greatest letters on a weekly basis: line drawings & poems delivered right to my postbox.
Most bitter person, place or thing of Champaign-Urbana?:
Oh, this is depressing.