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Anna Radigan

During my journey throughout the AP, I created pieces that symbolized my frustrations as a teenage woman in Capitalist America. Depicted through landscape-styled paintings, I captured the division I felt between the perceptions of others’ versus my own sense of self. Portraits and use of surrealism portrayed my anxious feelings of being perceived as a monster. Through my fearlessness in capturing myself in an “monster-like” or “creepy” way, I slowly overcome these feelings of worry and over-analysis. As I wrestled with dichotomy in my early works, it shifted into creating pieces that reflected my insomnia and the dreams I felt I drowned in. Fish and creating myself in food or bait-like scenarios, mirror the frustrations I felt with being consumed in our society.

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