I am an interdisciplinary artist exploring themes of connection. I was born and raised in Wales and emigrated to Canada in 2000. I now live and work in the Village of Cumberland on Vancouver Island. My art practice involves working between multiple materials, sites, and processes to look at the many ways by which we create belonging. This work is informed by my upbringing in a close-knit Welsh family and my current life as a rural-based artist. I am invested in the possibilities of rural art practice and the ways in which we might create connections between each other and the dominant contemporary art community through material practice and experimental curation.
My projects begin with a period of research into methods of making that connect us to each other, the landscape, and sometimes other species. These have included string games, blanket making, fishing lure making, posters and writing. I then develop material and gestural experiments that test our ability to connect with some-body or some-place beyond our own. I am interested in the fragile nature of these connections which often require the efforts and trust of multiple participants. This means that my work not only documents moments of connection and belonging but also what happens when these efforts fail or prove to be unfulfilling.
Anne Steves received a BFA in Visual Arts from Emily Carr University of Art and Design and an MFA in Studio Practices from the University of Victoria. Her work has been exhibited across Canada and the UK. She has participated in the Canadian Craft Biennial, the NOVA Young Welsh Artist exhibition, the Salt Spring National Art Prize and the MAWA Winnipeg artist residency.