The interconnections between personal identity, memories, and the collective consciousness are explored in Anna Mirkin's work.
In the past two years she has focused on the Monoblock plastic chair as an international icon and a new archetype. It is the most common chair in the world, functioning as an instant solution for comfort. This popularity makes this chair almost empty of meaning. If standing alone it gives us no clue to the geographic and cultural context of its use. But its own lack of context emphasizes the different situations in which it is used. The moments encapsulated in the drawings are familiar to the viewers on a personal level, as each of them have vivid memories attached to the plastic chair symbol.
Anna Mirkin is a multidisciplinary artist merging painting, drawing, textile, sculpting, and new media with participatory art, and site-specific installations. Her work was exhibited in numerous venues, including a group show in Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for contemporary art in Tel Aviv Museum of Art, IL, (2011) and a solo exhibition in Haifa Museum of Art, IL (2013). Her recent participatory project ‘Vanitas’ was exhibited as part of CTM2020 / Transmediale festival, Berlin. Born in Moscow (1983) and immigrating to Israel in 1992, she first gained public recognition as a prominent street artist in Tel Aviv (2009), currently living and working in Berlin.