694: Log – detail

694: Log - detail

2012 – 2013
found papers, aluminium wire
Installed at The Gallery HAC, Harrow Arts Centre 2013

696: Reading The Tea Leaves

696: Reading The Tea Leaves

tea, teabag paper, PVA glue on canvas squares
58 x 58 cm

697: Celebrity Tea – Dunked, Drunk & Dumped

697: Celebrity Tea - Dunked, Drunk & Dumped

teabags, found magazine photographs, cotton thread & net curtain
100 x 100 cm
Installed at The Gallery HAC, Harrow Arts Centre 2012

‘Celebrity Tea: Dunked, Drunk & Dumped’ 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. ‘Celebrity Tea’ is a wall hanging made from teabags, found papers, cotton thread and net curtain.

Each tea bag acts as a repository for a small photograph of a ‘celebrity’ cut from magazines found lying around on tube trains. Famous for something or other over for a limited period of time the ‘celebrity’ represents yet another commodity in our throw away consumer society, precious for a few moments then dumped like a teabag.

The repetition and uniformity of these images lends them an air of anonymity and results in a loss of individual identity. Some of the images you may recognise, some are unclear and some have faded from our view, dissolved into nothing, just as ‘celebrities’ fade quickly from our collective memories.

Ann found the process of stitching to be a contemplative and nostalgic activity, with connotations of femininity, domesticity and home. The fragile teabag papers were prone to splitting and tearing, and the sewing became a constant act of mending and preserving, mirroring the way the plastic masks of celebrity are mended and preserved to hold back time.

Stitched to a net curtain to add stability, the grid like formation of ‘Celebrity Tea’ and the uniformity of the tea bags create a pattern reminiscent of wallpaper or a decorative quilt. The net curtain itself conjures up notions of privacy, concealment and hidden suburban lives as it filters the light and obscures the ‘celebrity’ faces waiting to be dunked, drunk and dumped.

698: Celebrity Tea – Dunked, Drunk, Dumped, Hung Out To Dry

698: Celebrity Tea - Dunked, Drunk, Dumped, Hung To Dry

2006
teabags, found magazine photographs, cotton Thread, net curtain, rotary clothes dryer
100 x 100 cm

699: It’s Raining Tea

699: It's Raining Tea

2006
teabags, wax, acrylic sheets, fishing line, PVA glue
presented on rotary washing line

An installation based on rainfall statistics for England & Wales 2005.
The idea of mingling two British Institutions, ‘drinking tea’ and ‘talking about the weather’ was the starting point for this project. Ann’s aim was to make a 3D bar chart using teabags as a unit for measuring rainfall. She constructed 12 square transparent plastic columns based on discarded roller blind packaging, one for each month of the year.
The size of each column was established by the amount of rainfall which fell in a given month, rounded up or down to nearest 10 mls.
If 1 teabag = 10mls of rainfall, a column of 5 teabags high would represent 50 mls of rain falling in 1 month. As each column has 4 sides 20 tea bags were required in this example.
The teabags were reinforced by ‘brewing’ them in hot liquid wax which gave the overall structure of the installation a translucent ‘wet’ appearance.
The installation was originally exhibited in the City Lit Fine Art Show 2006. All 12 columns were suspended by fish wire giving the impression that perhaps it really was ‘Raining Tea’.

667: Spot My Dog

2020
stuffed toy dog, paper hole punches
36 x 55 x 20 cm

700: The Great Wall Of China (detail)

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2006
tea bags, wax, PVA glue
Size: Flexible
A studio presentation

A free standing 3D structure made entirely of teabags ‘brewed’ in hot liquid wax and held together with PVA glue. Based on the principle of a ‘house of cards’ the height and the length of the wall was determined by how much weight the tea bags could support before collapsing.

671: Gimme Shelter 2019

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2019
polypropylene, umbrella, fish wire
Installed at The London Ultra 2019 The Bargehouse Oxo Tower whasrf Southbank London

673: Distance Travelled Time Taken

673: Distance Travelled Time Taken

2019
used window envelopes
Waterfall version for Between The Earth And The Sky exhibition.
Inspired by Wordsworth’s “this sky-born waterfall”
Lauterbrunnen Switzerland

676: Small Worlds – Paper Planet

2018
mixed media on acrylic globe
6 cms