COLLECTIONS

Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, UK
Baylor University
Cal State University, East Bay
CalPoly, Kennedy Library, San Luis Obispo
Carnegie Mellon University, Hunt Library
Chapman University
Colorado College
Columbia University
Emory University
George Mason University, Fenwick Library
George Washington University
Indiana University, Lilly Library
Lafayette College, Skillman Library
MacEwan University, Edmonton, Alberta
Minneapolis College of Art & Design
National Library of Chile, Santiago, Chile
Otis College of Art + Design
Penn State University
Phoenix Public Library, Rare Book Room
Ringling College of Art + Design
Rochester Institute of Technology
Samford University
San Francisco MOMA
Topeka & Shawnee Public Library
UC Berkeley, Environmental Design Library
UCLA, Biomedical Library
UCLA, Clark Library
UC San Diego
UC Santa Barbara, Davidson Library
University of Denver
University of Florida, George A. Smathers Libraries
University of Iowa
University of Iowa Center for the Book
University of Kentucky
University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Love Library, Blue Heron Presss Collection of Artists’ Books
University of Utah, Marriott Library
University of Washington
Virginia Commonwealth University
Wesleyan University
Yale University Arts Library

Artist's Statement

My work draws upon seemingly small observations from daily life as a point for inquiry and investigation into the ways in which humans influence and alter the natural world. In particular, I am interested in the human capacity to physically shape environment, to make claim to earth that must inherently be shared, and the subtle, observable ways nature adapts and responds. Through this lens, I attempt to draw focus to the often overlooked connections shared between all life forms and use beauty as an entry for experiencing and processing the transient nature of being.

My work makes the claim that culture and nature ought not to exist in mutual opposition, but rather in accordance with each other. Therefore, I believe it is imperative that we seriously consider the impact of our actions, however small, in shaping our relationship to our proximal and distant surroundings. Whenever possible, I practice natural and historic production methods, such as natural dyeing and hand papermaking, as a means to produce cohesive work that is sensitive to the preservation of material resources and processes. Transience and decay are not only of the natural world, but are also of the material culture we construct. Through both research and practice, I attempt to capture and reflect the temporal essence of the ephemeral, as a means to preserve what might otherwise be lost.

Biography

Anne Covell is a visual artist and hand papermaker. She received her MFA in Book Arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book where she was the recipient of the Iowa Arts Fellowship. She has studied Asian and Western papermaking techniques with Timothy Barrett and has taught courses in bookbinding, papermaking, and natural dyeing for the University of Iowa Center for the Book and the University of Georgia study abroad program in Cortona, Italy. Her work has been exhibited internationally and can be seen in a growing number of special collections libraries and museums worldwide. Currently, she resides in San Diego, California where she prints limited edition artist books under the imprint Sin Nombre Press, and is also investigating Asian papermaking and cover-making techniques for use in conservation and book arts.