Based upon her immersive experience at Vizcaya, New York-based artist Anna Gaskell created a short film entitled Still Life. The film takes viewers through the site’s lush historic gardens as though in a game of hide and seek, exploring ideas about the relations of time, space, memory, amnesia and déjà vu.
The film was on continuous loop and was shown in the Breakfast Room of the Main House; the curtains were closed to obscure the gardens alternatively depicted in the film.
About the Artist
Anna Gaskell works primarily in photography and film. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, Gaskell studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she received a B.F.A. in 1992. She received an M.F.A. from Yale University in 1995.
Gaskell's early photographs were self-portraits, but she soon began photographing girls as they collectively acted out stories, often embodying characters reminiscent of Alice from Alice in Wonderland.
Gaskell’s first solo exhibition was at Casey Kaplan Gallery (New York). She has exhibited around the world and her photographs are in the collections of the Guggenheim Museum (New York); the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Israel Museum (Jerusalem) and the Tate Gallery (London).
Gaskell received the award for Best Documentary Short Film for her film Replayground at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2009. Her film SOSW Ballet was screened at The Tribeca Film Center (New York); The Foundation Querini Stampalia for the Venice Biennale and at the Art Film Program at Art Basel in 2011.