Anna Craycroft

The Agency of the Orphan

The Agency of the Orphan was exhibited at Tracy Williams ltd gallery, New York City in 2008. Taking as its premise the ever popular fiction of orphanhood – in cinema, literature, comics etc – as a state that is both child and adult, the works on view explored this contradiction. The installation included drawings, furniture, ceramics, sound jewelry and photography, each reflecting a different aspect of this enigmatic icon.

The Agency of the Orphan:

[ thee / ey-juhn-see / uhv / thee / awr-fuhn ]

Noun: a common psychological process found in adults and children alike whereby a given individual develops as an individual through identification with a fictional child character lacking parents or parental models.