Anna Elizabeth Hogg

Anna is a teaching artist and filmmaker working in central Virginia.


every bit      unrending, unreading

every bit         unrending, unreading is a collection of works that examines the tension between that which is archivable and that which is not.

Women in the artist’s family do the labor of preservation, as they hand-wash a quilt made by her great-grandmother, imagining and remembering fragments of its story. Uncertainty surges as faded ink-stains appear on the quilt only after being soaked in water. This collective work is posed alongside a film that imagines the perspective of an archive as it destroys—or erases—itself. Feeling around in the dark, one still senses its presence, but like the edges of burnt paper, it crumbles upon the slightest disturbance. One may only read the traces of memory backward, through absence. The viewer is invited to read the space, its images and its objects, differently, through failure. What remains, and what takes the place of an archive that is itself limiting and limited in how and what it preserves?

sculpture and multi-channel films, 2023

Installation: Ruffin Gallery, February 24-March 24, 2023

List of Works:

Untilted [archive remains]
secretary desk, frosted plexiglass, spray paint, india ink, Arduino, LED light panels, diffusion paper, power cord
H 39 ⅞, W 30 ½, D 28 ¾ in

Untitled [time destroy]
medicine cabinet, frosted plexiglass, india ink, spray paint, Arduino, LED light panels, diffusion paper, power cord
H 17 ¾, W 12 ⅝, D 4 ¼ in

Untitled [unform repeat]
farm chair, cotton and vinyl fabric, thread, india ink, chicken wire, plexiglass, Arduino, LED light panels, diffusion paper, power cord
chair: H 39, W 16 ⅞, D 15 ½ in; pillow: H 12 ½, W 12 ½, D 5 in

the archive is on fire
16mm digital transfer, 4K RAW video, stereo sound, dual-channel 2K projection
7 min 41 sec

Untitled [quilt frame]
Singer sewing machine table, India ink, plexiglass, pocket portable projector
H 29 ⅛, W 38 ⅛ (folded), D 19 ⅛ in

Untitled [quilt frame]
wooden quilt frame, India ink, rear-screen projection material, thread
H 31 in, W 26 ¾, D 19 ¼ in

quilt frame [a triptych]
16mm digital transfer, three-channel 2K projection, stereo sound
6 min 17 sec

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