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Anne-Katrin Speiss

Prickly, Tender and Steamy: Artists in the Hothouse 
Glyndor Gallery | April 8–May 18, 2014

Pictured Above: Interviews with Succulents: Senecio Citriformis, 2010, C-Print, 50” x 50.” Courtesy of the artist.

Anne-Katrin Spiess’s site-specific installations in the landscape deal with how psychological and physical space relate to each other. The landscapes in her projects take on significance through actions that she performs. During her Winter Workspace residency in 2010, Spiess conducted a series of “interviews” with several succulents found in the Conservatory. The interviews are documented with photographic portraits of each plant and an accompanying written transcript in which the plants discuss their unique physical attributes, as well as their adaptive traits.

During my childhood, I often visited my father’s greenhouse, filled with exotic orchids. This formative initiation to the word of plants left a lasting impression, and as such I have always viewed greenhouses as places filled with magic and mystery.

The Conservatory at Wave Hill provided a fragrant and peaceful sanctuary from the surrounding world during the cold winter months of my residency. I was magnetically attracted to the succulent section of the greenhouse. I had not paid particular attention to the species beforehand; however, the arrangements in the Conservatory were so poetic and artistic that I could not help falling in love. Thankfully, the succulents turned out to be great and willing subjects for my “interviews.”

—Anne-Katrin Spiess

Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including in shows at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY; Gallery Route One, Point Reyes, CA; and Gonju National Museum, Gonju, South Korea. Her projects have taken place in the Nevada desert, Maine, Utah, Lake Michigan, Nebraska and Death Valley in California. Spiess earned a BFA from Parsons, The New School of Design, and has pursued graduate studies at New York University. She has also participated in workshops at the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, Mill Valley, CA.

Interviews with Succulents: Aeonium Undulatum, 2010, C-Print, 50” x 50.” Courtesy of the artist.

Interviews with Succulents: Greenovia Aurea, 2010, C-Print, 50” x 50.” Courtesy of the artist.

Winter Workspace 2010
Glyndor Gallery | January 2 – March 21, 2010

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The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.