In Charcoal, a Clamorous Fever Dream of Americana Subtleties

Sketched during the recent election cycle, Anna Park’s riotous “Hero Mentality” mimics the whirlwind of sensations that come with being surrounded—and overwhelmed—by a frenetic crowd.

Here, we ask an artist to frame the essential details behind one of their latest works.

Bio: Anna Park, 24, Brooklyn. (@annaparkart

Title of work: Hero Mentality.

Where to see it: Half Gallery (235 E 4th St, New York) until May 8.

Three words to describe it: Celebratory, frenzied, loud.

What was on your mind at the time: This was made during the time around the elections. It was such an anxiety-ridden time leading up, and I remember the day when I heard people celebrating in the streets in response to the announcement.

An interesting feature that’s not immediately noticeable: Surrounding the central figure on the bike, I included different tropes that represent Americana.

How it reflects your practice as a whole: I feel as though I’m always pulling from current events or direct experiences into the work, whether they be super direct or more embedded throughout the piece. 

One song that captures its essence: I can’t really think of a particular song… but more of the noise of being in a fair with a lot of people.

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