Clothing as Interface: Pansori Portrait # 1-4In the video portrait Clothing as Interface: Pansori Portrait # 1-4, 2010 produced at the Gyeonggi Creation Center an intercultural interface materialized when the traditional Korean Hanbok merges with the Dutch ruffled collar worn by a traditional Pansori singer. These slow moving images based on 17th paintings fuses very deliberately my own heritage and background with my most immediate environment creating a hybridized version of self. Korea and The Netherlands share a history that goes back centuries. In mid 17th Hamel shipwrecked at the Southern coast and Jan Weltevree stranded in 1627 near Busan. The presence of both left traces on the local culture and through the writings of Hamel gave the Dutch a firsthand account of Korea.
Annet is a Baltimore based visual artist who teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She served as chair of the fiber department from 1989 to 2008 and stepped down to spearhead curriculum in Wearable Technology, Smart Textiles and Internationalization. Annet has developed and taught a diverse curriculum in the fiber department and in Smart Textiles with outside institutions and other departments including the International Collaboration with Willem de Kooning Academie, Rotterdam The Netherlands and organized travel study abroad programs to Turkey, Peru, Vietnam, Spain, Morocco and Portugal.
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Born in The Netherlands, Annet received a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, MI and one from Syracuse University, NY. Telos Art Publishing published a Monograph in 2003. Received a Smithsonian Artist and Research Fellowship in 2014. Has exhibited nationally and internationally, including Gyeonggi MOMA in Ansan and HOMA Museum in Seoul, Korea, Museum of Arts and Design in NYC; Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts; 28th Street Studio, NYC; Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD; City Gallery, Atlanta, GA; Decorative Arts Museum, Little Rock, AK; Textile Museum, Tilburg, NL. Reviewed in Le Monde, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Baltimore Sun, The Atlanta Constitution, Philadelphia Inquirer, Fiberarts. Surface Design, The Journal of Cloth and Culture and Sculpture Magazine.