Annie Rapstoff is interested in the complexities of place, locality and experience. She explores connections through process, exchange with other practitioners, research and bodily experience. Performative and intuitive actions are a vehicle to inhabit and embody a space, situation, idea or word. Collaboration with other artists and people from different disciplines and countries is of interest, as well as a stimulating and challenging new ways of working. She works with performance, photography, installation, stitching and experimental writing to give expression to what is found.
In one work, for example, Annie dressed in wide black and white stripes to celebrate the zebra crossing as a space of negotiation and interaction between driver and pedestrian. Such interventions offer an opportunity to engage with audiences and passersby in non-art spaces and explore the overlooked features of our environment. Language plays a vital part in her practice and may include conversations, dialogue or text. At times, urban and rural spaces may merge for example – a yellow dandelion on the edge of a road, mimicking the existing yellow ‘no parking’ lines.
In the past 2-3 years, it has become more difficult to make work due to a pain condition which impacts on energy, concentration and movement. A quieter more reflective practice has developed, which includes stitching. This work still comes from a performative place, influenced by earthier layers, roots, substructure, bedrock and undertow. The work soaks in spoken word in the movement of the hand, the saliva on the cotton, threaded through the eye of the needle leaving a stain on the fabric.