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b. 1978, Australia

Anastasia Klose Biography

Australian contemporary artist Anastasia Klose, through drawing, writing, video and live unscripted performance, provides a candid, satirical and often humorous take on her life, the art world, and issues of gender bias. Her work is often confronting due to the very personal nature of its subject matter; the artist purposely puts herself in humiliating situations in her work, blurring the line between art, artist and audience.

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Born in 1978, Klose completed a BA in Philosophy and English at the University of Melbourne in 1998, before studying up to a BFA Honours at the Victorian College of Arts (VCA) between 2004 and 2005. One of her first video works, In the Toilets with Ben (2005), features Klose having intercourse with a fellow VAC student. This was followed by a film entitled Mum and I watch in the toilets with Ben (2005) in which the artist and her mother watch the intimate film on the couch together. Klose's mother, the performance artist and academic Elizabeth Presa, has collaborated with her on several works over the years.

In Klose's performance work Film for My Nanna (2007), she walks the streets of Melbourne donning an old wedding dress and a cardboard sign with the words 'Nanna, I am still alone'. The film received attention from the art world and resulted in the artist receiving the Prometheus Visual Arts Award in 2007. The artist revived the bride searching for a groom concept in I'm Still Searching, which was shown at the 2011 Venice Biennale. At Art Basel, Hong Kong in 2014 Klose set up the One Stop Knock Off Shop, selling mock knock-off t shirts with subversions of well-known art 'brands' such as Ai Way Way, Louise Boudoir and Art Blasé. With a more feminist objective in 2016 Klose attended the international Melbourne art fair, Spring 1883 (2016), dressed like a beauty queen with a sash declaring herself as 'Miss Spring 1883'. In this assumed role of beauty queen of the art fair she handed out statistics highlighting the overrepresentation of male artists at the fair and in the art world. Other recent work has focused on pets: her 2014 solo exhibition I Can't Stop Living (Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne) included drawings of pets, while in 2015, the artist created a temporary off-lead dog park outside the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art named Farnsworth's Republic in 2015.

Klose's work can be found in the public collections of the University of Queensland. The Prometheus Foundation and numerous private Australian collections.

Michael Irwin | Ocula | 2019

Anastasia Klose Featured Artworks

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Farnsworth canFarnsworth can't afford it by Anastasia Klose contemporary artwork works on paper
Anastasia KloseFarnsworth can Farnsworth can't afford it, 2014Pastel and ink on paper, framed
91 x 75 cm
Tolarno Galleries Contact Gallery
Will the maintenance man  help me this time? by Anastasia Klose contemporary artwork works on paper
Anastasia KloseWill the maintenance man help me this time?, 2016Pastel and ink on paper, unframed
113 x 78 cm
Tolarno Galleries Contact Gallery
This is what capitalism does to you by Anastasia Klose contemporary artwork works on paper
Anastasia KloseThis is what capitalism does to you, 2017Pastel and ink on paper, unframed
113 x 78 cm
Tolarno Galleries Contact Gallery
It was a fire by Anastasia Klose contemporary artwork works on paper
Anastasia KloseIt was a fire, 2017Pastel and ink on paper, unframed
105 x 75.5 cm
Tolarno Galleries Contact Gallery
It's normal to be on antidepressants by Anastasia Klose contemporary artwork works on paper
Anastasia KloseIt's normal to be on antidepressants, 2017Pastel and ink on paper, unframed
105 x 75.5 cm
Tolarno Galleries Contact Gallery
Farnsworth can’t afford it by Anastasia Klose contemporary artwork works on paper
Anastasia KloseFarnsworth can’t afford it, 2014Pastel and ink on paper, framed
91 x 75 cm
Tolarno Galleries Contact Gallery
Farnsworth with Flowers – after Koons by Anastasia Klose contemporary artwork works on paper
Anastasia KloseFarnsworth with Flowers – after Koons, 2014Pastel and ink on paper, framed
91 x 75 cm
Tolarno Galleries Contact Gallery
Nursery Cat by Anastasia Klose contemporary artwork works on paper
Anastasia KloseNursery Cat, 2012Colour pencil on paper
59.5 x 84 cm
Tolarno Galleries Contact Gallery

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