To Anne Samat, freedom lies at the crux of her very being. Anne was drawn to the art of weaving during her student days, her belief in freedom prompted her to break the taboo and rigid traditions of weaving. In search of new textures, Anne substitutes the traditional with the contemporary – she employs yarn, polyester and rattan sticks instead of the conventional silk and cotton, injecting a new identity to an art form often mistaken as craft. Conjugating the weaving of everyday and industrial objects through her works is the key to Anne’s Freedom, which acknowledges the symbioses of Anne and her quest for liberation within a broader context. Having developed her practice over the years, the artist has finally embraced her artistic practice with enthusiasm by staging her first solo exhibition with Richard Koh Fine Art.
Anne’s works walk on a tightrope between the feminine and the masculine, expanding these dialogues through its scale and tension with the introduction of new materials. Balancing the organic and the man-made, this exhibition will feature 8 new artworks, including wall-mounted mixed media sculptures to installation pieces coupled with free-standing sculptures.
Anne Samat is also featured in Islands, Constellations & Galapagos, Yokohama Triennale 2017, August 4 – November 5, 2017.
Anne Samat – Sultanate in the Eye, Monarchy at Heart