My artwork is map collage that offers the viewer a combination of imaginary landscapes with mystical, scientific and ecological themes. Just as heaven and earth are connected, my work explores the visual connection between the realms of the physical and metaphysical. The visual description of a three-dimensional world on a flat plane is conjoined with the depiction of the mystical.
Maps that I incorporate into collages may be part of regional, geographic, geological or religious narratives; boundaries may have been altered in hopes of furthering certain ends. Usually there is more than one story a map can convey. My work also has more than one story to tell. I may be trying to both describe the curve of the earth on a flat piece of paper and using maps to blur the boundaries between the natural world and the manufactured/technological world, representing simultaneously land, sky, water and architecture.
Integration of scientific/mathematical ideas is an elegant solution to my quest to integrate further dimensions of time and space into my map collages-which up to this point depicted only three dimensions.
I hope to synthesize all the themes that pre-occupy me into a worldwide view, literally and figuratively.
Anna Fine Foer 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. As a fibers student 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.
Anna emigrated to Israel, where she 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. She worked in conservation for the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C. All this time, she continued to work with collage, creating landscapes with religious, political and meta-physical significance, depicting three or more dimensions on a two-dimensional plane.
Anna now lives in Annapolis, Maryland with her husband and two sons. She has reconnected to the world of fiber art by working as the studio manager in the Fiber Dept at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art).
Annaís work has appeared at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Maryland Governorís Mansion, and the Israeli Embassy. Her work 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 Artistís House in Jerusalem and received a Maryland State Arts Council grant for Individual Artists in 2008.