Janina Anderson

My work explores how elements of visual and material culture are read and understood. Images are seen not as objective visual data, but rather as highly subjective information - perceived through the culturally specific language with which we are taught to read, decode and comprehend them.

Positioned at the intersection of fibre, sculpture, new media and photography, my practice is conceptually rooted in collage. Collage serves as a methodology for disrupting structural components, i.e. signs, symbols, icons, associations, tropes etc, that dictate the way we understand materials and images. My work creates collisions between the coded language of materials, aesthetic styles, and iconographic imagery, in an effort to uncover the structural bias that characterizes the way we see, revealing a more nuanced understanding of how elements of visual culture function in an art context and in everyday experience.