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Anna Korver

Taranaki, New Zealand

Anna Korver is currently based in Taranaki, New Zealand. She has been a full-time professional sculptor since completed a BFA in sculpture from the University of Canterbury in 2003. Korver works nationally and internationally on exhibition work and private and public commissions. She has been selected in the Wallace awards twice, invited to exhibit work in many large scale outdoor sculpture exhibitions including Brick Bay sculpture Trail and Tai Tapu sculpture garden, and has attended more than 60 national and international sculpture symposiums. Korver’s works are feminine in their identity and perspective, inviting intimacy and personal connection. The forms are minimalist and strive to reflect the inner self onto the outer surface. Her work has always come from an internal place, reflecting on the current situation or experience. The fundamental concepts generally revolve around the defense and protection of women but often from a subtle, gentle place. They question and challenge traditional feminine roles, offering a different kind of strength where the masculine and feminine sides are in balance and delicate, fragility is recognised instead of seen as a weakness, reflecting on feminism’s advocacy for equality for both genders.
Her works combine a balance of contemporary and traditional sculpting processes and merge between realism and surrealism.
Korvers' recent works have moved into several specific series, where the human experience is described from different perspectives both literal and metaphorical; internalized and externalized. Some look at underlying questions about home as a transient concept using symbols such as the figure, the cube, vessels, and sections of the landscape as a reference to internal and external factors and support systems. These works explore the idea of home as an abstract term sometimes inspiring a feeling of separation, restriction or entrapment, armament and defense, and other times an escape, shelter, sanctuary, or protection. Her recent works are continuously curious about the connection of architecture to the human experience, of people and place; the way one affects the other, and how the story and the experience of each go hand in hand. They seem to be influencing and imprinting on each other subconsciously and consciously. However, these pieces become more about the deconstruction and reconstruction of the self via the symbolism of architecture.
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