About the Art
Painted from observation in the rain, this atmospheric cityscape uses a billboard depicting the city as a painting within a painting, the focal point to discuss how we perceive the city and urbanism.
Anna’s observation of this picture within a picture invites the viewer to consider urbanism in a broader context.
About the Artist
Anna Hoppel is a visual artist based in Philadelphia. She is currently attending the University of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, pursuing a BFA in Painting with a minor in Art History. She’s experienced in a variety of traditional and digital media and is interested in exploring visual imagery as a method of communication and the relationship between fine arts, academic research, and design. Anna co-founded a graphic design and social media marketing startup, Mixbie LLC. She is also an Exhibition Intern at the Penn Museum, a Marketing Assistant and artist member at Da Vinci Art Alliance (DVAA), and a member of the ICA student board.
Anna uses painting as a means of subjective ethnographic study, an exploration of place formed from her own perceptual experiences. Her subjects include urban landscape, interiors, portraits, and invented exploration of subconscious – often combined in a single piece, and always including thresholds. She works primarily from direct observation of life but also experiments with memory, sketches, photography, and invention, which she considers mediated forms of observation.
“Place is a medium for me to explore subject matter such as my own subconscious; the people and institutions around me; and emotional states such as grief, love, betrayal, and rebirth.”