Anne-Marie Creamer Lecture – 11November 2015




Anne-Marie Creamer

Anne-Marie Creamer is a British artist based in London whose work experiments with cinematic and THEATRICAL forms using digital film, fiction, drawing, WRITTEN films, filmed staged scenarios, and live voice-over. For Anne-Marie narrative is always complexly entangled in place.  Her work develops from a tenacious attitude towards research, which coupled with chance, she develops into highly scripted narratives featuring occluded histories that are melancholic but wry, corporeal, often intense.

“Over the years I have come to prefer the title ‘storyteller’, I like the possibility that narrating grounds human life in what is specific to it.  Early on, though, I left painting.  I wanted to break open the edge of a painting, to enter it, and extending its narrative space outwards I made works which take cinematic form through video, drawing, literary texts, filmed staged scenarios, and recently live voice-over – together proposing a form of theoretical fiction that dramatises the boundary between liveness, representation and presence.

For me narrative is always complexly entangled in place.  And I reach for this through a tenacious attitude towards research, burrowing with enough intensity into occluded histories I aim to then surrender to chance. This results in highly scripted narratives, featuring a muscular use of sound, which are melancholic but wry, corporeal, often intense.  Increasingly, as in a mise en abyme, each work is nested within another as subject-matter undergoes adaption and translation.  But BEWARE – even as my projects migrate across mediums and formats I lay claim to the gifts of building work around the event of a haunting; albeit that my work is also carefully constructed around the lingering phantoms of lost artefacts and adrift protagonists, which act as tools or transmitters of failed historical projects. 

My latest, and most major project to date, ‘Treatment for Six Characters’, is based on an unrealized film Italian writer Luigi Pirandello’s wished to make abouta fictionalized, ethically ambivalent, portrayal of the creative process leading to his seminal 1921 play ‘Six Characters in Search of an Author’ – using a text found in a drawer in Vienna about 25 years ago I adapted Pirandello’s plans making a film that explores the imaginative possibilities of his absent film. Most recently, I have made “The Passing of the Keepers of Salento” with organizations Progetto GAP and PepeNero, Italy as part of the ‘Moving Landscape project’, documenting and dramatizing a filmed declaration with the the train Keepers of Puglia about the moment their role fell into obsolescence in 2014, as well as “Dear Anne-Marie…” (forthcoming), a staged scenario in which a fictional character invades public events.

My work is regularly exhibited internationally at galleries and museums such as: Sogn og Fjordane Kunstmuseum (Norway), Palm Springs Art Museum, Kunstvereniging Diepenheim (The Netherlands), The Sir John Soane’s Museum (London), Apex Art (New York) Draiocht Arts Center (Dublin), Sagacho bis (Tokyo), Galerie der Künstler (Munich), and Spacex Gallery (Exeter). Publications that feature my work include The Drawing Book, edited by Tania Kovats (Black Dog Publishing, 2006). I received the Derek Hill Scholarship in Drawing at British School at Rome, 2012.  I was one of a number of a group of artists responsible for the London based artist-run Cubitt Gallery in the 1990‘s.  I still occasionally curate exhibitions & projects, most recently in Norway, with Lars Sture & Kjetil Berge for the Sogn og Fjordane Kunstmuseum in western Norway.  I was educated at Middlesex University & the Royal College of Art and live in London, where I am a Lecturer  on the MFA course at Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts, London.”