In search of rainbows
Anna Carey takes us into a fictional architectural space that is familiar yet strange, tangible yet unreal, a place where we can inhabit our own stories and in which she inhabits hers. To do so she distils time — “where everything for a moment stops” — in an elaborate process of research, photography, and model-making, culminating in this series of constructed photographs of the models. They reach out to prompt memory, imagination and the potential of place. Of In search of rainbows, she said, “I want to reawaken the daydreams”.
Carey’s work is informed by the vernacular of place, with the architecture of the Gold Coast, where she grew up, operating as a three dimensional muse. The buildings and structures she seeks out as inspiration for her images are anything but current. “The architecture I depict consists of roadside motels, hotels, apartments and domestic homes of a style that emerged in the 1950s, existing more in strip cities that embrace decentralisation.”