Anti Gravity is a collection of painted works by Anneke Stewart completed during the first lockdown of 2020.
The shapes that pervade the pieces allude to those of the Scarborough Cliffs and Whitewash Heads close to where Anneke lives in Sumner Christchurch. The subject matter evokes a feeling of suspended animation. There is no tension in these works, they instead present a feeling of being consciously elevated even though the truth behind their time of manifestation is anything but. They speak of the spiritual, emotional and physical states of being Anneke encountered and evolved through personally running up to and during the lockdown periods.
The colours in the works are specifically chosen for nostalgic reasons with the pink in the paintings being Tony's Pink the colour Anneke had on her bedroom walls as a child. The colour was designed by close family friends Tony Nightingale Resene's founding owner, and Anneke's mother Pieter Stewart. The golds and deep greens and blues invoke the tones of the burnt land and dark seas.
“A large part of my creative journey alludes to a natural aesthetic. Parallel to this, I have poked a stick at invasive frequencies such as mass media programming. If we are influenced by the positive power of nature, then it seems logical that emf’s and city-based & societal frequential patterns may negatively affect the human psyche and our ability to feel grounded and whole. My work applies a post-colonial - post-modern perspective to a contemporary New Zealand art practise, constructing a new visual for ancient belief systems whilst grounding my work in the current New Zealand landscape and creative environment.”