ARTIST'S STATEMENT ~ ANNIE ZAMERO
''A warrior is an impeccable hunter who hunts power. Only as a warrior can one survive the path of knowledge.'' Carlos Castaneda, ''Journey to Ixtlan''
''...You will have to wrestle with [the ally]...and tame it. If you survive...your ally will spin you, alone, into unkown worlds. Spinning with your ally will change your idea of the world.'' Carlos Castaneda, ''Journey to Ixtlan''`
The main theme in my work is that of conflict, opposites and power. Initially I considered conflict as terrorism. However, I then read "Tales of Power" and ''Journey to Ixtlan'' by Carlos Castanada which are about becoming a warrior or person of great power, capable of magical feats, for which perfect inner balance is essential. This led to the idea of the terrorist as a warrior, but in the mystical sense. It also led to considerations of inner conflict and Carl Jung's ideas of the psyche. Jung suggests inner conflict is due to opposing forces setting up a tension in the psyche ("Memories, Dreams, Reflections"). Fusing these ideas together I began the "Warrior" series of photomontages and paintings.
Clearly warriors are engaged in a struggle for power but for the warrior on the spiritual path, the power sought is within and the conflicts are internal in the psyche. For the mystical warrior the opposites are polarisations in the psyche which have to be resolved for progression on the spiritual path.
In some cases I have used images of Jihadists especially as 'Jihad' has a second meaning of an inner spiritual struggle or 'greater Jihad'. I have also used tribal and Samurai warrior images as well as more theatrical images from kabuki or mime artists such as Slava Polunin. I have combined symbolism so the mystical has a contextualised political reality as if the mystic is engaged in a quasi-political battle.
Influences are Jurgen Klauke (masked terrorists in his "Antlitze" series, 1972), Tim Shaw R.A., George Grosz (political collage), Henry Moore (drawings of masked /bandaged figures) ,Raphael (cupids from "Triumph of Galatea", 1511) and Mariko Mori (''Esoteric Cosmos'', 1996).
In earlier works I have also explored opposites in the form of irony and satire. It interests me that opposites can create both humour and conflict.
The satirical paintings are of public figures (mainly politicians and royalty) set in an art historical context and humour is an important element in the work. Power is an issue as most public figures have power either because they seek it or because they are born into it or both. Conflict exists because politicians in particular are often engaged in battles due to conflict with peers or other political parties etc. These have to be resolved in order to survive. Public figures may also engage in internal conflicts within the psyche but for them the emphasis is on the external world.
Influences were John Currin for "creating" people (using contemporary magazine photos in an art historical context), Rembrandt for character and costume, Mauritzio Cattelan for the political cartoon as fine art and Alison Jackson for satirising public figures.
I decided to move onto my current series of warrior paintings because I became more interested in the archetype, the fundamental, rather than the particular, the individual character.
CURRICULUM VITAE ~ ANNIE ZAMERO
2014: 'The Instability of Being', The Magma Group, The Griffin Gallery, London W11
Group selected by Becca Pelly-Fry, Director and advisory panel of Griffin Gallery
2014: 'Speaker's Corner- New Voices in Hackney Art', BL-NK Space, London N1
Selected by the Mayor of Hackney and Pete Bennett, artist/curator
2014: 'Heaven and Hell', Espacio Gallery, London E2,
Selected by Carlos de Lins Director and selection committee of Espacio Gallery
2013: 'The Magma Group 2013 Show' The Vibe Gallery London SE16
Group selected by Mark Bean, Director Vibe Gallery
2012: The Other Art Fair, Ambika P3, Marylebone Road, London NW1
Selected by Ian Rosenfeld, Director Rosenfeld Porcini Gallery; Francesca Gavin, visual arts editor,
Dazed and Confused; Edward Lucie-Smith, art critic and writer; James Hopkins, artist.
2012: 'Elizabethan Avant-Garde' Bermondsey Project, London SE1
Selected by Edward Lucie-Smith and Charles Thomson.
2012: Affordable Art Exhibition Vol 4, The Vibe Gallery, London, SE16
Selected by Mark Bean, Director Vibe Gallery.
2011: 'Connection Point London' Bermondsey Project, London SE1
Selected by Edward Lucie Smith and Max Presneill of the Torrenc Art Museum, Los Angeles.
2011: 'Enemies of Art' Lauderdale House, London N6
Selected by Charles Thomson and Edward Lucie - Smith
2010: Liverpool Biennial, View Two Gallery, Liverpool
Selected by Ken Martin, Director View Two Gallery
2008: European Capital of Culture Festival, View Two Gallery, Liverpool
Selected by Ken Martin, Director View Two Gallery
2007: 'Rising Stars' ' A' Gallery, London, SW19
Selected by Frasier Kee-Scott, Director 'A' Gallery
2007: Salon des Arts Summer Show, 191 Queens Gate, London SW7
Selected by Peter Templeton, R.A. and Danielle Dodd, Director of Salon des Arts.
2014: Christmas Show, Gabriel Fine Art, London SE1
2014: 'Chimera', Espacio Gallery, London E2
2015: 'From Surrealism to Fluxus', Espacio Gallery, London E2
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2014: 'Explorers and Inventors', The Trunk Space, Phoenix Arizona, USA
2013: 'The Magma Group', Southwark Studios Project Space London SE1
2012: Bow Arts Open, Bow Arts Trust, Bow Road London E3
2012: 'The Magma Group' -'Fusion' Apricot Gallery, The Rag Factory, London E1
2011: Bow Arts Open, Bow Arts Trust, Bow Road London E3
2011: International Artspace, Adzac House Museum, PARIS
2011: 'The Future Crayon' George Tavern Arts Centre, London E1
2010: 'Remodernist Show' Lauderdale House, London N6
2010: Artspace Galleries, Maddox Street, London W1
2010: Private Art Auction at the home of Tom Conti, London NW3
2010: 'Under the Cover of Romantic Anonymity' Ash-In-Art Gallery, ATHENS
2009: Matisonn Burgin Gallery, London, EC2
2009: Stoke Newington Fringe Festival, Praxis Warehouse, London, N16
2009: West-Eleven-Gallery, London, W11.
2013: 'Warriors and Allies' Burgh House Gallery, London NW3
2011: 'Politics and Royals' Lauderdale House, London N6
2009: Levitski Gallery, London E5
2007: The Salon des Arts, London, SW7
CURATOR FOR EXHIBITIONS
2014: 'The Instability of Being,' The Magma Group, The Griffin Gallery, London W11
2013: 'The Magma Group Show 2013' The Vibe Gallery, London SE16
2012: 'Fusion' The Magma Group, Apricot Gallery, The Rag Factory, London E1
2009: West-Eleven Gallery, London W11
TALKS, PERFORMANCES ETC
2014: Chairperson for Panel Discussion on 'The Role of Expression in Contemporary Art'
at the Griffin Gallery, with Ian Rosenfeld, Paul Carey-Kent and Nick Malone
2014: 'From Politicians to Warriors'-talk videoed by Charles Thomson
2013: Joint Organiser, Bermondsey Arts Festival
2012: Director and performer in The Magma Group's Public Performance at The Other Art
Fair (Video on YouTube)
2012: Talk at Parallax Art Fair:- "Forming an Artists' Collective", Chelsea Old Town Hall,
Kings Road, London SW3
2012: Director and performer in The Magma Group's Public Performance at Tate Modern
(Video on YouTube)
2011: Founded The Magma Group (themagmagroup.co.uk)
Cameron Kerr, Art Agent, West Sussex, UK
Dean Hall, Impasto Art Management, Clerkenwell, London
Elizabeth Layfield, Land Agents, Mayfair, London
Tim Clarke, Morgan Stanley Bank, Hong Kong
Steve Abrahams, London
Elsa Dax-Kerr, Paris
Charles Thomson, co-founder of the Stuckist Art Movement
Robin Coates, London
Paul Carey-Kent, 'Magmatism, Quine and the Instability of Being', Exhibition Catalogue, 2014
Francis Lamb, 'A Restless Imagination', Exhibition Catalogue, 2014
'Billy Childish and Sweet Toof to exhibit at New Voices in Hackney Exhibition', East End Review, May 7, 2014
Anna McNay, 'A Heaven of Hell, A Hell of Heaven', The Espacio Gallery Catalogue, 2014
Anna Maria Pinaka, 'Expressing the Inexpressible of Selves and Others Through Conceptual Romanticism',
The Magma Group Exhibition Catalogue 2013
Anna Maria Pinaka, 'The Magma Group' Vibe Press Magazine 2013
Dr Chris Barlow, 'Proem:1819: Diatogue' Exhibition Catalogue, 2012
Dr Chris Barlow, Gayana Umerova, Parallax Art Fair Catalogue,2011
Cristina Pedreira, 'Connection Point London'
Dr Robert Janas, Edward Lucie-Smith, Charles Thomson, 'Enemies of Art' Victoria Press, 2011
Odysseus Yakoumakis, Exhibition Catalogue, published by Ash-in Art, May 2010
Charles Thomson, 'An Antidote to the Ghastly Turner Prize' Victoria Press, 2010
Dr Robert Janas, 'Stuckism International' Victoria Press, 2009
'Gallery 5 Exhibitions' Art in London Magazine, Spring 2009
Simon Wroe: 'You Can Go Stick It!' Islington Tribune, February 27, 2009