Born in Germany, Annet Kuska trained in England at the Arts Institute at Bournemouth (now The Arts University College at Bournemouth), where she also taught Printmaking, Fine Art & Cultural Historical Studies for several years. After more than 12 years living and working in the UK, Kuska returned to her native Germany in 2009 where she how teaches art & design at a local Grammar School in the Palatine Forest area. She continues with her working practice and is currently setting up her own printmaking studio.

In recent years her work has primarily focused on portraiture and images with strong narrative content about the people behind the pictures. She is interested in creating a sense of story about the person in the picture without, however, fully disclosing it. The viewer is left to consider how the individual elements could add up to a coherent whole, and which clues might lead to any conclusion about the identity of the sitter.

One important aspect about Kuska’s images is that every sitter is fictionalised. This reflects her understanding that practically every story about ourselves is based on an inextricable mix of fiction and fact, and that our awareness of “image” shows us off as active and creative inventors of the reality we live in. Therefore Kuska is keen to include the sitter’s input in the portraits - eg. by means of ideas, accessories or information which will become manifest in some element of the painting – and to combine it with her own perceptions and interpretations in an attempt to emphasize the complexity and the many layers of meaning within a concept of identity. Consequently, the paintings are not about any notion of truth about a person, but exclusively about perception and interpretation of what we see. 

To a certain extent her works re-enact this process of catching a glimpse of something and trying to put it in context – a mechanism of “seeing” which we can hardly escape. The montage approach and the use of combined imagery in her compositions are designed to express these aspects on a formal level, but also to create this slight sense of uncertainty, which is characteristic for the reading of Kuska’s work: the work remains open in its suggestions and will not confirm any conclusion drawn by the viewer at any point.
 
 
 
2010              FactFiction, Bürgeramt der Stadt Freiburg
                      Badger Sett, Harbour Lights, Southampton

2008              Ochre Printstudio Midsummer Exhibition

2006	           Prophecy, The Arches, Southampton
                      open06, Art Sway
                      Städtische Galerie, Löffingen
                      totemic, Nolia’s Gallery, London
vernicle, Millais Gallery, Southampton

2005		Charaktere, Galerie im Tor, Emmendingen
		Praxisgemeinschaft am Aschoffplatz, Freiburg
		Bilder und Graphik, Kunstverein Gundelfingen
		art loan collection, University Winchester
		Die Stadt, Kulturkreis Emmendingen

2004		portraits, Link Gallery, Winchester
		Swans Yard Gallery, Shaftesbury
		The Ropewalk Gallery, Barton-on-Humber
		Next Step Gallery, Southampton
		Sworders Fine Art, Stansted Mountfitchet
 
2003	gradually, degree show, the Arts Institute at Bournemouth + Hanbury Gallery, London
	self portrait, City Art Gallery, Southampton
	size matters, a space gallery, Southampton




2002		Axminster Arts, Axminster
		M-Corporation Multimedia, Somerley, Ringwood
		Foursee, Longleat House, Longleat

2001	Forest Arts Centre, New Milton
The Human Figure, Atrium Gallery, Bournemouth

2000		Visions, Bell Street Gallery, Shaftesbury
		Karen Taylor, St. Margarets, Twickenham

1999		Öffentliche Bibliothek Gundelfingen
		Bilderblicke, Landesgartenschau ’99, Weil am Rhein
		Figure and Further, Tower Arts Centre, Winchester
		Atrium Gallery, Bournemouth
		Four Seasons Gallery, Wimborne
		Redrose Studios, Everton

1995		Öffentliche Bibliothek, Gundelfingen

1992		Galerie Wolf, Höllental, Freiburg

1991		Kulturkreis Emmendingen
 
Exhibitions
Publications
2006       Interpretation of Dreams, Dolphin Hotel Catalogue, Southampton
2005        What lies beneath, Printmaking Today Magazine, Vol. 14 No. 3
                art loan collection catalogue, Winchester University, Winchester
2004       art for all catalogue, Sworders Fine Art, Stansted Mountfitchet
2003        gradually degree show catalogue, The Arts Institute at Bournemouth