Anna Peters is usually the one behind the camera. The photo on the right is a part of her collection and it is how she is seen by others when taking photographs. But 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:
Consumed by: 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.
Occupation: I’m double majoring in New Media and Graphic Design at the University and work at the Art Coop.
Excited for…: “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.
Greatest accomplishment: 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.
Favorite camera: My mum 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.
Anna Peters’ artwork will be up at the Art Coop tomorrow, with an opening reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., until May 2. And if you can’t make it out to the show, you can also find her work on Flickr.