Eggebert uses drawing as a device to collapse distance and time. Working with images from Google Earth she uses repeated hatch marks to explore the landscapes of elsewhere – places once familiar that are no longer visited – or watercolours to depict holiday destinations that reveal the traces of a lost presence.
Anne Eggebert uses photography, sound, video, drawing and teletechnologies to interrogate how our subjective and objective realities construct our understanding and performance of place (both local and distant). An ongoing question for her is how the distinction between finding and losing one’s sense of place might be blurred. Virilio’s writing and Massey’s idea of the ‘throwntogetherness’ of place inform her approach, along with collaborative processes and their inherent ethical implications of response and responsibility. She is interested in how we imagine or intervene in each other’s idea of place, and what our shared or differing landscapes might reveal about our sense of place in the world. Recent collaborators include Sarah Cole on Folly (2009) a commission for Valentines Mansion, Essex, to explore the representation of the performing body in the historic leisure landscape, and Canadian artist Fae Logie on At a Distance – Dawn chorus (2009) in which the artists exchanged recordings of the calls of their local forest birds and played the distant song back to their trans-Atlantic cousins. Recent exhibitions include Shifting Boundaries, Phoenix, Brighton Festival (2010); Altered Sequence, E:vent Gallery, London (2009); and Sehnsucht, Transition at James Taylor Gallery, London (2009). Eggebert regularly collaborates with Polly Gould as Eggebert-and-Gould – their collaboration began with Spin at the British Library (1999) and they have since shown at Cambridge University Botanic Gardens as the garden’s first arists-in-residence (2001), the Haus am Lutzowplatz, Berlin (2005), the Royal Institution of Great Britain in Crossing Over: Exchanges in Art and Biotechnologies (2008), and they curated ACE National Touring exhibition Nature and Nation: vaster than empires (2003-2004). Eggebert is a senior lecturer in fine art at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts, London.