Anna Van Voorhis

Interdisciplinary and Visual Arts

Minneapolis, MN
September 2020
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Anna Van Voorhis is an interdisciplinary art the works with textiles, plants, paper, wood, cyanotype, performance, among other media. Anna received her M.F.A. in Sculpture from the University of Minnesota in 2019 and her B.A. in Studio Arts from Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota in 2014. She currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has shown work at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery in Minneapolis, MN, at the Junior Varsity Artist Collective in Chicago, IL and at the Art Loft Gallery in Madison, WI. She has also been an artist in residence at the Milchhof Atelier in Berlin, Germany.

While at the Anderson Center Anna began developing a large, research-based body of work titled Sowing Clothes. The project spans textiles, performance, agriculture, research, and writing. Predominantly taking the form of clothing, Sowing Clothes consists of garments made from plant-based fibers designed to sow seeds as the person wearing them walks. The seeds sown by the articles of clothing then turned into the plants needed to produce the fibers and dyes required to make similar garments. Sowing Clothes focused primarily on flax plants as a fiber source (linen) since the plant thrives in colder climates such as Minnesota and was once a major crop sector in the state. While in residence, Anna designed, cut, dyed, and sewed clothing from linen with perforated pockets for scattering seeds. The designs were created in consultation with local fiber growers to ensure that the clothing can disperse seeds in a method that will promote successful plant growth. Anna also led a public natural dye workshop.