Anita Bunn’s work is an investigation into the act of noticing, of turning away from spectacle and the obvious. Her photographs, digital videos, and prints explore an unfamiliarity with the familiar as well as how objects negotiate a shared space. Additionally, her work seeks out the subtle shifts in perception that occur over time and through repetition, allowing for different ways of looking at an object and crystallizing the complexity and nuance that exist within a seemingly simple construct.
The prints in the most recent body of work (“Index”) embody the unique relationship between the city of Los Angeles and its natural surroundings, especially during a time of drought, while referencing a personal love of botanical illustrations and traditional Chinese and Japanese representations of the landscape. Made with master printer Francesco Siqueiros of El Nopal Press, these portraits of plants native to Southern California, are original digital captures printed as continuous tone lithographs that address an ongoing interest in combining traditional analog techniques with contemporary digital photography.
Ms. Bunn grew up in Houston, Texas but has made Los Angeles her home for more than 25 years. Anita received a BA in Fine Art from Trinity University, a BFA in Photography from Art Center College of Design, and an MFA in Photography from Claremont Graduate University. She is currently Adjunct faculty at several local colleges and universities, teaching black and white darkroom photography, digital photography, digital imaging, and studio lighting for photography. Anita exhibited locally with Offramp Gallery (recently closed) and regularly participates in group exhibitions and with local artist-run spaces. She shows her work both nationally and internationally, and is in many public and private collections, including the Wallace Annenberg Department of Photography at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Scripps College, and the Capital Group, Los Angeles.