048: Roundels & Angles

048: Roundels & Angles

2021
acrylic on canvas
100 x 80 cms

Inspired by the architecture and colours of fairground rides and seaside attractions

049: Urban Rhythm 3

049: Urban Rhythm 3

2021
acrylic on canvas
80 x 100cms

051: One Step At A Time No.2

051: One step At A Time No.2

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

2021
acrylic on canvas
40 x 40 cms

669: Winter Wood 1

669 Winter Wood 1

2020
miniature model scenery trees, acrylic, hot melt glue
Inspired by Andy Goldsworthy’s “Ice Spiral: Tree Soul”
Made for Sentinel Trees an exhibition organised by Collect Connect
for the Urban Tree Festival

670: Winter Wood 2

670: Winter Wood 2

2020
miniature model scenery trees, acrylic, hot melt glue
Inspired by Andy Goldsworthy’s “Ice Spiral: Tree Soul”
Made for Sentinel Trees an exhibition organised by Collect Connect
for the Urban Tree Festival

671: Hole Punch Tree

672: Hole Punch Tree

2020
discarded waste paper hole punches, pva, miniature model scenery tree
Inspired by Andy Goldsworthy’s “Tree Torn Hole”
Made for Sentinel Trees an exhibition organised by Collect Connect
for the Urban Tree Festival

674: Small Worlds – Precious Planet

674: Small Worlds - Precious Planet

2018
mixed media on acrylic globe
6 cms

680: Light for CRISIS Chandelier

680: LIGHT for CRISIS Chandelier

2013
glass light bulb, wire, beads, glue

681: Light for CRISIS Chandelier

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2013
glass light bulb, wire, beads, glue

682: Distance Travelled Time Taken

682: Distance Travelled Time Taken

2007 – 2012
used window envelopes, pva glue, 3 extending metal poles
300 x 300 x 300 cm approximately
Installation assembled at The Gallery HAC Harrow Arts Centre London 2013

‘Distance Travelled Time Taken’ is an installation that addresses Ann Kopka’s engagement with the research, process and transformation of discarded everyday ephemera and disposable objects of little or no intrinsic value. Through the concept of ‘making something out of nothing’ Ann seeks to draw attention to the throwaway nature of consumer society and question our perception of its value systems.

‘Distance Travelled, Time Taken’ is made from thousands of used window envelopes collected by Ann, her family and friends in homes, offices and schools. The willingness to save used window envelopes was clearly captivating and rapidly spread from person to person as a network of collectors grew across the country and mountains of window envelopes began to appear on Ann’s doorstep.

The windows were hand cut from the envelopes and glued together by Ann to form chains eventually reaching a mile long. The collectors constantly asked to be kept informed when certain ‘milestones’ had been reached. This spurred on both collectors and Ann. Without this enthusiastic and encouraging support this project would not have been realised.

However Ann had not anticipated the disappointment that would be expressed by some of the collectors once enough envelopes had been received or the disappointment of others who wished that they had made a contribution. Ann resisted the pressure to continue and felt the ‘mile’ to be an appropriate cut off point if the project was to be completed: from conception to completion took about five years.

Dispatched with a lick and opened with a rip, each envelope has travelled on its own unique voyage through the post connecting people together in a web of communication. The handmade links of this installation evoke both the distance travelled and the time taken to realise the work and provide a playful antithesis to the technology of electronic mail.