America at Night
Acrylic paint and chalk pastel on canvas
36 x 42 inches
Anya Rosen’s paintings and drawings examine the tension between internal and external desire through figurative representation of psychic narrative. Inspired by dreams, subconscious thought, and fiction storytelling, the content of their work often explores aversion to discomfort, attraction to pleasure, and cultural associations between naturalness and morality.
Anya considers “Nature” a non-gendered, unbiased entity that has been imbued with varying social significances. The affiliation of nature with ‘good’ limits our definition of the natural world by excluding the instinctual, cruel, grotesque, kinky, and deadly. Similarly, our associations of fear, discomfort, and perverseness with ‘bad’ parts of nature reinforces the idea of taboo and creates a negative discourse around human behavior that is often categorized as unnatural, wrong, or queer.
Making art about the intersection of nature and queerness has allowed Anya to explore how fear visually affects their own subconscious. The psychological, surreal and horrific narratives that influence their work features characters whose external experiences are often fueled by their fluctuating emotional state and internal covetousness.
By creating paintings from Anya’s imagination they excavate their own psychosis. This process of image-making reveals their own feelings of obsession and mania, the physical manifestations of my desires, and the relationship between their own flesh and spirit.