I make work about shelter and the apocalypse for the ways these concepts summon ideas of protection, destruction, and power struggles.

My practice is focused around two-dimensional painting but incorporates a variety of interpretive painting methods, from the construction of casket-like structures of canvas, to wooden armatures strewn with paint skins reminiscent of the body but damaged. The confrontational nature of this work is echoed through material manipulation (the stapling, ripping, and suturing of paint and fabric) which serves as a reference to destruction and the necessary defenses which destruction calls for.

Interview with Anna Toptchi at SVAD UofSC