AñA Wojak is an award winning cross-disciplinary artist working in performance, painting, assemblage, installation and theatre design, with a particular interest in site-specificity, ritual and altered states. Often durational in nature, she creates visually poetic performances that resonate with a visceral depth.
Born in Australia in 1954, she studied in Gdansk, Poland amidst the turmoil of Solidarity and Martial Law, and attained a Master of Fine Arts in 1983. The Eastern European influence can still be seen in her rich figurative work. She has been exhibiting for over 30 years with works held in many private and public collections, including Artbank and her work has been shown at the National Gallery Canberra, National Art Gallery of Victoria and Art Gallery of NSW amongst others. AñA has been shortlisted for many awards, such as the Archibald Prize, Portia Geach Award, Paddington Art Prize, Sculpture by the Sea and Waterhouse Prize. She was bestowed the prestigious Blake Prize in 2004 with her painting, Pieta (Dafur).
Based in Northern Rivers NSW, she has held residencies both in Australia and overseas, and was the 2007 Artist in Residence at the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens, She has performed with Tony Yap Co, Pacitti Co, La Pocha Nostra, senVoodoo (as co founder) and Felix Ruckert, amongst others, and appeared in festivals nationally and internationally. In 2013 she also performed in Java at Undisclosed Territories7 in Solo and exhibited in Jogyakarta, as well as participating in Melaka Art & Performance Festival in Malaysia, where she will return in 2014.
She continues to create work reflective of her environment.