Anika Steppe: View from
February 20 – July 2, 2020
View from / of Courtyard Gallery, 2019
Transparent positive. 0.95 × 1.42 in. (2.4 × 3.6 cm)
Keychain viewer. 1 × 2 in. (2.54 × 5.08 cm)
Courtesy of the artist
In this site-specific installation, Anika Steppe explores the difference between her experience in a place versus her perception of a place through maps and photographs. In View from, Steppe presents fragmentary and fantastical views of three courtyards that blur distinctions between outside and inside, the subjective and objective. Her layered multimedia installation highlights the interpretive role that speculative inventions play in one’s sense of wonder and the relative truth of one’s perception.
Anika Steppe (b. 1991, Ann Arbor, MI) earned a BS in Cinema and Photography at Ithaca College (2013), and an MFA in Studio Art at The University of Texas at Austin (2018). Her work has been exhibited most recently at The Front, New Orleans, LA (2020); Houston Center for Photography (2019); Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2019); and Paradice Palase in partnership with ChaShaMa, Long Island City, NY (2019); amongst others. She was artist-in-residence at Malo Residency, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico (2019), Monson Arts, Monson, ME (2019), and the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT (2018). She is currently the Richardson-Spica Artist-in-Residence Fellow at Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, MI.
Organized by Taylor Bradley, 2018–19 Visual Arts Center Curatorial Fellow