You can see my speech about my upcoming exhibit "Road to Recovery" on Youtube. Big thanks to Swedish Cultural Counsler Linda Zachrison! Check it out!
October is breast cancer awareness month and for me it is personal.
I hope you can join me for my artist talk about my next project "Road to Recovery," based on my own breast cancer journey.
I will tell my story and project the drawings I created during my diagnosis and following treatments.
Event: Thursday, October 12, between 6-8 pm (event starts at 6:30 pm) at
The Embassy of Sweden, 2900 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20007
Please remember to register
Video clip from the Opening reception on September 7 with DeWilde performing his music with Jake. https://soundcloud.com/wherethewildis/sets/seven
Invitation - Artist Talk with Anna U Davis
You’re Cordially invited to meet Swedish artist Anna U Davis, currently on display with her solo show ’’Witnesses’’ in House of Sweden.
October 12, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm in House of Sweden. Doors open 6:00 pm. Event starts 6:30 pm.
View Anna’s intriguing art while listening to a presentation about her next project ‘’Road to Recovery’’ - a project inspired by her own experiences battling breast cancer.
‘’Road to Recovery’’ is an upcoming show and a continuation of the artistic style Anna has been developing since the late 1990's. It is based on a series of black and white ink drawings she created during her cancer diagnosis and following treatments. It consist of “Black Edge” wall sculptures, each created with archival ink on cutout layered birch plywood. Each piece in this series will explore difficult topics that can arise for many people when faced with a life threatening disease, but there will be positive moments that can be found along the way. These positive moments, Anna believes are crucial for a healthy recovery and continued survivorship. This work Anna says is meant to educate, inspire and bring awareness to women faced with a breast cancer diagnosis.
Coffee and sandwich will be served during the event.
Location: House of Sweden, 2900 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20007
A photo ID and security check will be required for entrance.
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This exhibition will be displayed in House of Sweden between September 7 - December 10.
Open Saturdays & Sundays 12 – 5 pm or by appointment.
Exhibition Opening - Witnesses by Anna U Davis
Welcome to the opening of our new exhibition "Witnesses" by Anna U Davis
Thursday, September 7 at 7:00 PM in House of Sweden
Doors open 6:30 PM. Event start 7:00 PM
Anna U Davis is known for her bold, colorful, graphic mixed-media work, where she explores her fascination with gender relations. She has been awarded multiple DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowships and a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in NY for her upcoming project "Road to Recovery". Her work can be found in public and private collections in the United States and Europe. Davis currently resides and works in Washington, D.C. Join us in House of Sweden for the opening event, meet Anna and explore her work.
Anna U Davis About the Exhibition
Why are we Curious, Passionate, Suspicious, Jealous, Conscientious, Self-conscious, Unsure, Calm, Insecure, Balanced, Mature and Independent? We tend to think of personality traits as good or bad, but where does these features stem from? Can you narrow down a specific character's origin to one specific moment? Or is a personality conceived after a repeated pattern of experiences? Could I figure out specific events in my own life, that molded my continuous quest in exploring my role as a woman in this World? My craving to investigate not only the struggles and challenges we face as women, but the qualities that makes us equal and empowered. In preparation for this project, I decided to conduct an assessment test, which I handed out to family, and friends, in order to figure out my most prominent character traits. From the data collected and from a period of contemplation and discussion, I was able to conceive a series of black and white drawings based on experiences that seemed to have implemented these different personality traits. In the exhibit “Witnesses” I have transformed the black and white drawings into mixed media paintings and sculptures.
More about Anna U Davis and her work here
Singer-songwriter DeWilde will be performing during the event.
Listen to DeWilde's Music here or at Spotify and iTunes under "DeWilde".
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My solo exhibition "Witnesses" will be opening at the Embassy of Sweden in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, September 7, 2017.
My son DeWilde and his bandmate Apa will be playing at the reception.
Listen to DeWilde's music @ Spotify, ITunes under "DeWilde" or https://soundcloud.com/wherethewildis/sets/seven
Tiny tiny detail of new piece for my solo exhibit at Embassy of Sweden this fall. More info coming soon.
Originally hailing from Sweden, Anna U Davis has spent most of her time as a working artist in D.C., exhibiting at multiple galleries and twice receiving a D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities fellowship. She works with great precision, applying thousands upon thousands of tiny collage pieces to painted backgrounds and painstakingly outlining them in black. The resulting works depict female figures in sometimes surreal scenarios and confront issues of gender and race in surprising and bold ways. —Stephanie Rudig
When did you start working with collage?
Somewhere after school. I went to UDC, and we had to take African-American art history. So in that class [the professor] had us do these collages, and I got very intrigued with what I could do with that. I left it at that. It wasn’t until after I graduated that all of a sudden I was like, ‘Oh, I should really try to infuse the collage.’ The seed started there, and then just happened naturally after I finished school in 2002.
So you came to D.C. from Sweden, specifically for college?
No. My husband is half Swedish, half African American, and his dad lived here, and we wanted to do something different. So that’s how I started. I wasn’t thinking necessarily of going to art school. I was doing the art, but it was more based on, “OK, we’re going here.”
So you have those family ties, and have stayed for that reason, but have you been inspired to stay here otherwise?
In the beginning, I didn’t feel like it’s this artsy town. It’s this town where you can do something, because the scene needs to be developed. You can actually do something cool here. You’re in the midst of all this politics, and everything happens here. When I first came, the art scene was in Dupont Circle. Another one was 14th street, in the same building there was a bunch of galleries. Now I think it’s only one left, the Hemphill. But they cannot stay. Which is a sad part of the city. You see that galleries can’t stay in the locations, it’s so expensive.
Aside from the issues of having space to show and being able to afford the rent, what other challenges do you see D.C. artists facing right now?
I think that the city is becoming a cooler and cooler city, in general. It’s more hip, it’s more than politics. You wish that it can also bleed over into the artistic community. You know that the money is here to buy a lot of art, but a lot of the buyers will go to other places. I just got a new collector, which was really exciting because they told me they only collect D.C. local artists. I haven’t heard that before.
Do you think that D.C. has influenced your work?
It must have, the whole city probably. My figures are based on the interracial relationship between my husband, who’s black, and I’m white, and then I went to a predominantly black school. Of course that influenced me, for just a brief second to be where you’re the minority, which, I would always be the majority in Sweden. And I’m continuing with also being here in D.C. with the politics, and being a woman. Because I feel coming from a Northern European country, where, we’re not equal, but Sweden is different.
Much of your work is the female form. Is any of that a reaction to the different power structures you see?
Probably yes, because it’s very male dominated. You see that here, of course, because it’s the politics. So many important decisions are made here every day. And now [post-election], I don’t even know. I mean it’s like, are we gonna go back to the kitchen? Back to ancient times?
You just did a collaboration with Dacha Supper Club. How did that come about?
Two owners are collectors of my work. They commissioned me to do a big piece, the Dacha Garden with all the people in it. I slightly altered the figures for that too, to capture some of these people they wanted in it. I usually don’t do commissions, but it was a very interesting, challenging thing to do. And the biggest piece I’ve ever done, on canvas. It’s seven by 10 foot. First we were going to have just an inauguration for the piece, but I’m really good friends with one of them, so we’re like, let’s do a whole event, instead of just that one piece. Some of it was my past, and several was what I’m doing right now.
I am so honored and excited to announce that I have been awarded a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in NYC, in support of the creation of "Road to Recovery" a project based on my own breast cancer journey.
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, grants support to artists' personal and/or professional expenses for one year. Since it's inception in 1985, the Foundation has awarded over 61 million dollars to artist in 76 countries. www.pkf.org