Anna Ting Möller
Anna Ting Möller (b.1991 in Yueyang) is a Swedish-Chinese artist raised in Växjö. Möller works and resides in Stockholm and has studied at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing and Konstfack, Stockholm. She has also studied textile art in London, Beijing och Stockholm. Möller has exhibited at Liljevalchs, Galleri Skomakeriet, Bångska Våningen, Kirpilä, Köttinspektionen, ArkDes, Gustavsbergs Konsthall, ICPNA (Lima) and Art Lab Gnesta.
About her work:
An art object “dies” and “is buried” when it is completed and displayed, but my works are alive and require the participation and care of both visitors and exhibition staff. A presumed object has its own agenda that puts demands on the presumed subjects it interacts with and holds us accountable for when we flicker with our eyes. Maybe it can make us more attentive, listening and reading. We see the human, even when we know that what we are studying is scoby-kombucha and we become aware of our inevitably anthropocentric gaze.
– Saga Cavallin, Ordkonst 2020:2
I create installations and objects of a bio-material made from scoby-kombucha through a specific process. The kombucha culture is being cultivated in a vat filled with tea and sugar, both known in the past as typical colonial goods. During the process, the bacteria culture begins to ferment and creates a thick layer of cellulose material that resembles human flesh. You could say I am growing my own skin. The process is slow, and the development of the material requires a level of commitment. In return, I get a self-produced material that allows for my independence.