ARTIST PROFILE

portraitAñA Wojak is a Sydney based painter, sculptor, installation and performance artist. Born in Australia in 1954, she studied in Gdansk, Poland amid the turmoil of Solidarity and Martial Law, and attained a Master of Fine Arts in 1983.

She has exhibited widely in Australia and overseas, both in solo and group exhibitions and her works are held in many public and private collections. In 1999 she co-founded senVoodoo corporeal performance troupe with writer Fiona McGregor.

AñA has been shortlisted in many prestigious prizes including the Archibald Prize (x4), Portia Geach Portrait Prize (x3) and Sculpture by the Sea (x4), in which she was awarded an Honourable Mention in 2000. Her work has been included in major touring and group shows such as ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way – Art in the Age of AIDS’ at the National Gallery, Canberra (1995). She has been a finalist in the Blake Prize for Religious Art 6 times & was the 2004 winner. Her most recent exhibition of painting was at Depot Gallery, Sydney in February 2007.

In 2006 AñA created Chinese Whispers in Beijing, as part of Red Gate Gallery Artists Residency Program. This work consisted of a site-specific installation and a collaborative performance devised with local artists and actors. senVoodoo also featured in DIAF06 Beijing festival and was invited to Interakcje8 International Action Art Festival in Piotrkow Trybunalski after which they toured Poland for 2 months. In  early 2006 AñA  attended  performance art meetings in Bali and Java.

– april 2007

more information on: http://www.anawojak.com & http://www.senvoodoo.com

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