Anna J. Eyler
Anna Eyler is a multidisciplinary artist from Ottawa, Ontario. Her work explores the shifting notions of the sacred in a contemporary context. Eyler holds a BA in Religious Studies and Art History from Carleton University (2010) and a BFA from the University of Ottawa (2015). She is the recipient of numerous awards, notably the Governor General’s Academic Medal (2010), the Jacqueline Fry Scholarship (2014), and the Artengine Award for Excellence in New Media (2015).
Within my practice I examine shifting notions of the sacred in a contemporary context. I combine industrially manufactured materials including Plexiglas and electronics with organic materials, such as water and wood, to question the boundaries between nature and technology. The translucency of Plexiglas creates visual permeability while also delineating an internal, contained environment. As water has been intimately connected to sacred rites throughout history, its presence in my work creates a dialogue with the past and establishes continuity with current manifestations of the sacred.
Temporality is at the forefront of my practice, as I aim to create a dialogue between cyclical and linear notions of time. The electronic components in my work move forward with apparent purpose, yet they are limited by their programming to repeat predetermined patterns. Active electronic works are juxtaposed against structures of apparent stillness, although the presence of unstable materials highlights their similarly transient natures. My work revolves around the tension between our constantly changing world and the patterns and processes that recur over time.