Aniara Omann is from Denmark and studied at the Funen Art Academy, before moving to Glasgow to join the MFA programme at The Glasgow School of Art.
"My practice is very flexible. I try not to hold on to any exclusive method of production, and I employ the use of a lot of different mediums. However, I do often work with objects that are widely known only as representations, such as celebrities and ancient fossils. I am interested in how these representational objects often take the place of that which they aim to describe. The objects I select usually have specific implications of shared conventions that I find worth questioning.
In my work, I try to isolate or alter those things that seem to hold a strong sense of iconographic value, to illustrate the play between the different levels of apparent fiction. My exhibition Brad Pitt, shown in the CCA last month, consisted of a series of found objects with fabricated prosthetics applied to them, and a new video work. The prosthetics are cast-latex, mimicking the aesthetics and techniques of movie-prop fabrication, which are used for creating special effects in films."
"The fabricated prosthetics take the form of a second skin and make reference to something latent within the objects they are applied to. The objects themselves are a selection of things, which all seem to point to a hierarchy of political and iconic value."
The video consists of animated handmade drawings superimposed on to found footage of NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (made for landing on Mars), and Barack Obama’s appearance on Ellen. The animation relates to the formal content of each frame in the footage, and in that way functions in a similar way to the prosthetics.
You can see more of Aniara's work at: www.aniaraomann.com