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Tagsmart Weekly Discovery: Ana Palma

Ana Palma is a Portuguese artist and illustrator based in London. She moved to London in 2015 where she is developing her careers as a freelancer and visual artist. Ana trained at the Faculty of Fine Art of Porto with a BA in Fine Arts and an MA in Teaching Visual Arts.

Ana’s practice intends to explore the relationship between human beings and Nature. Women, insects, and other natural elements are brought together, as a result of her fascination and longing for the natural world. Her drawing idiosyncrasy and her curiosity for colour and its transparencies are explored through a variety of materials but mainly watercolour and watercolour pencils on paper.

Ana’s creative process always begins with a drawing, usually from photographs and objects that she collects. Intuition has an important role in the artworks’ composition, as Ana allows herself to be free to make choices based on what she feels. Therefore, each artwork is an experience that results in a figurative style, expressing her personal journeys to memories, emotions, and symbolism.

The creation of her art begins with a drawing, usually from photographies and objects that she collects. The composition of Ana’s artwork is the result of her inner feelings expressing personal journeys to memories, emotions, and symbolism.

To find out more about Ana Palma visit her website: http://ana-palma.com

Tagsmart Weekly Disovery: Anna Fennel Hughes

Anna Fennel Hughes is a freelance artist trained at Leith School of Art, Edinburgh and then at Duncan of Jordanstone in Dundee.  She now works from her printmaking studio in Cesano Maderno, in northern Italy.

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She works predominantly in printmaking and mostly monoprint. To her, this medium often goes on to become collage and stop-motion animation. She is currently working on the theme of motherhood and self-identity.

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Encompassing printmaking, collage and embroidery, Anna’s compositions of muted tones and restricted color palette draw abstractly from the landscape, and more recently the figurative form. Printmaking and collage make it possible to remove the hand of the maker: to block in zones of color without revealing individual, intentional human strokes. Rather than being tied to the expression of an artist’s personal experience, these techniques help the viewer to consider the artist’s images as independent agents. The embroidery thread which draws the materials together becomes evidence of a personal act of binding or mending; an intimate testament to an individual’s craft, attention, care, labor. The materials are fragile, and the work often visibly disintegrating over time. The more they are used, touched and handled, the more they decay.

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Focusing on the articulation and circularity of inner narratives, Anna’s practice employs repetition and seriality, suggesting the passage of time, growth, and accumulation. Self-questioning narratives are juxtaposed with the repetitive and laborious aspects of everyday life. Resisting the biographical, the work resists telling a complete story and gives rise to feelings of uncertainty and anxiety.


To know more about Anna Fennel’s work and exhibitions check her website: https://annafennelhughes.com

Tagsmart Weekly Discovery: Lauren Baker, The Queen of Skulls

Lauren Baker is a British contemporary multidisciplinary artist who exhibits internationally.
She is born in 1982, from Middlesbrough, UK and she currently lives and works in London.

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Her works investigate on the fragility of life, energy fields, life after death and other dimensions. She uses neon lights to transmit positive messages and life mantras to raise the vibration of love and connection to the world.

Lauren has created installations at the V&A museum, Tate Britain and ran a workshop at Tate Modern.

Her passion for animals and conservation brought her to become the ambassador for Save Wild Tigers and through her artwork, she raised over £50k for charity.

Recent works involve neon, infinity mirror, and kinetic sculpture.


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The limited edition series include painted and embellished human and animal resin skulls and sculpted animal head.

Lauren’s inspiration comes from her time spent in the Peruvian Amazon surrounded by dense vegetation and wildlife. She then joined a mosaic street-art project in Brazil and developed her mosaic skills in Venice (Orsoni).

Lauren’s current exhibition: ‘Musings on Mortality’ will be on until the 5th of November at Lauren Baker Gallery, Covent Garden.

Upcoming exhibition: 'Walk Towards The Light’ which will be on from November the 2nd until the 24th of December at Lauren Baker Gallery.