“Technology allows me to duplicate and manipulate images to fit my ideas and lets me further explore the relationship of the natural world and man made world and how we, as humans, navigate those worlds.”
I use maps in collages to create imaginary landscapes with mystical, scientific, and ecological themes. The visual representation of the three-dimensional physical world on a flat plane is conjoined with a depiction of the metaphysical; I find common ground between these seemingly disparate realms.
The maps that I incorporate into collages may be part of political, religious, or geological narratives; just as each map can convey more than one story, my work also has more than one story to tell, describing simultaneously land, sky, water, and architecture and exploring how we, as humans, navigate both the natural and man-made worlds (between which the boundaries may be blurred).
Though my work is constructed with paper and adhesive in a traditional way, it plays with distortions between visual perspective and surface image. Technology allows me to duplicate and manipulate images to fit my ideas; at the same time, my work points up our overdependence on technology (sometimes in humorous ways).
Anna decided she was going to be an artist when she was 11-when she lived in Paris for a summer, visiting every museum and gallery.
While a fibers/crafts major at Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts) she became fascinated by the relationship between maps and the land they represent, embarking on a lifelong interest in maps and collage.
After emigrating to Israel, Anna worked as a textile conservator in Haifa and Tel-Aviv. She studied at the Textile Conservation Centre, Courtauld Institute in London, where she received a Post-Graduate Diploma in Textile Conservation. Back in the US, Anna worked in conservation for the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C and for many museum clients as a freelance textile conservator. At the same time, she continued to construct map collage landscapes with sacred, political and meta-physical significance, depicting three or more dimensions on a two-dimensional plane.
Anna now lives in Annapolis, her older son is living in Silicon Valley and her younger son is a student at U Arts, her alma mater . Her work has appeared at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Maryland Governor’s Mansion, and the Israeli Embassy and is in the permanent collection of the Haifa Museum of Art and the Beer-Sheva Biblical Museum. She was awarded a prize for the Encouragement of Young Artists for work exhibited in the Artist’s House in Jerusalem.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]