Anna Ladd is a Massachusetts based starchivore who makes images, objects, video, and music. Her work has been featured in The Huffington Post and Juxtapoz and she is currently working on a podcast about the internet called ok but who cares.
A statement from the artist about her series —
i know the napkin drawings seem desperate but maybe there’s a curator in this applebee’s, 2017
an installation in my apartment reflecting on the monotony of suburbia and fear of losing my identity as an artist after moving to a small town outside of boston.
when does assimilating stop being something that you do out of necessity and start being just your life?
after moving, there was a huge disconnect between my self identity and the self that i had to project to the world. a lot of my public interactions involved someone calling me “sir,” and any discussion of my art degree was met with, “my niece loves photography too!” and eventually, you indulge people when they ask you if you like shooting portraits or landscapes, and eventually, your Suburban Work Identity and your Real Cool Artist Identity overlap more than you’re comfortable with.
this is an exhibition for no one, about the fear that comes with shoving yourself to the side because you have to, and hoping you get back to her when you have the time and the money.
none of the 15 major art museums that i contacted attended this exhibition - i assume this is because they are very busy, not because i am unimportant, or make subpar work.