Submission
Anna Reutinger

Stuck in the same muck

Artist: Anna Reutinger Exhibition title: Stuck in the Same Muck Venue: Editorial, Vilnius Dates: 07.05-29.05.2021


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Anna Reutinger, Stuck in the same muck. Exhibition view at Editorial, Vilnius, 2021
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Anna Reutinger, I was wrong and I just can’t live without you, reliquary purse #2. Linen, cotton, faux pearls, onion skins, tumeric, black beans, iron, trash pearl, 2021
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Anna Reutinger, Branch babe, whirl. Onion skins, iron, cotton, beetroot, 2021
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Anna Reutinger, Queer coquillage. Onion skins, hibiscus, madder, rust, iron, lichen, embroidery, cotton/linen, 2021
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Anna Reutinger, A web woven over and over and over #14 – 17. Polyester thread, 2021
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Anna Reutinger, I was wrong and I just can’t live without you, reliquary purse #1. Black beans, silk, faux pearls, steel, hair cut from each others head over 1 year, 2021
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Anna Reutinger, A string of bees sticking together. Onion skins, iron, embroidery, cotton/linen, 2021
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Anna Reutinger, Flag of multiplicity. Onion skins, avocado pits, iron, tumberic, hibiscus, 2021
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Anna Reutinger, Trash babies. Plastic waste, paper bags, flour, paper clay, acrylic, upholstery fabric, 2021
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A seedy face at the bottom of the bowl
A web woven over and over and over
A weary mermaid tired of the changing of currents flow
A sheep whose horns grow a turn each year forever
A string of bees sticking together
Babies and onions
A sun with no future
A house in the middle of nowhere
I was wrong and I just can’t live without you, never

Apotropaic symbols were widely used in medieval times, to ward off evil spirits and protect those
who applied them. They were stitched to the hems of garments, carried in concealed purses, woven
and knit into the patterns of clothing, scratched into walls and carved into the tools of everyday
life. These symbols often gave reference to natural elements—plants, animals, cosmological
geometry and grotesque hybrids—while connecting to elaborate mythologies and visual proverbs.
While illiteracy prevailed, these symbols can be seen as some of the only surviving first-hand
traces of medieval non-elite, and their hopes, fears, and values. Over a vast expanse of time, as
values shift- ed—science negating the spiritual and craft giving way to industry—these symbols
have slowly been consolidated and abstracted into abbreviations of their former significance.

Following interviews with a few shades of craftspeople, preservationists and historians,
alongside visual and textual research into symbology in ornament and craft as communication,
Reutinger hasdeveloped a series of works stained and stitched with symbols of her own. Stuck
in the same muck is an invitation to learn how to live together, as animals in the same pasture, and
spin the semiotics of sentiment into the web of our world. Second hand textiles, dyes of lichen
and bark, onion skins and rust, trash from the forest and bags from the market—Reutinger used
material on-hand to col-or and shape a space to keep evils at bay.

Anna Reutinger, b. 1991 in Oakland, California lives and works in Berlin. Her practice combines
sculpture, installation and performance to propose a return to craft in defiance of capitalist
production cycles and as seed for social, material and environmental empathy. Oscillating
between incidental and intentional gestures, she uses found material and social input to expose
the transitory nature of things and beings, and their interconnection

She is a tutor in the Dirty Art Department at the Sandberg Instituut where she also received her
M.F.A. in 2016 after a B.A. in Design Media Arts and Digital Humanities at UCLA in 2013. Her
work has been exhibited at the CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, Saint Etienne
Bien- nale, FR—MKG Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, DE—Jan van Eyck
Academie, W139, De Fabriek, NL—KlaraKiss Zipspace, CH—Macao Milano, IT—The
Hammer Museum, The GettyCenter, The New Wight Gallery, Chin’s Push and Control Room,
Los Angeles, US.

Special thanks to Rupert centre for art, residencies and education. “Editorial” program is
supported by the Lithuanian Council Culture. Exhibition is supported by Vilnius City
Municipality and Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe