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Anne Covell


Anne Covell is a book artist and hand papermaker living in San Diego, CA. She received her MFA in Book Arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book where she was the recipient of an Iowa Arts Fellowship. She has studied Asian and Western papermaking techniques with Timothy Barrett, and has taught for numerous professional organizations including the Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory, Penland School of Crafts, and the University of Georgia study abroad program in Cortona, Italy, among others. Her work has been exhibited internationally and can be seen in over 40 special collections libraries and museums worldwide including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Yale University Arts Library, and the National Library of Chile.


My work draws upon seemingly small observations from daily life as a means for exploring human influence on 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 create beauty from perceivably ugly acts as an entry for exploring complex human response to transience and decay.

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.

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Towards a Just Landscape
Letterpress on handmade gampi, Sakamoto, and cork papers
Edition of 15, 2015

Vanishing Point
Letterpress printed on handmade gampi
Edition of 15, 2015

Raking Light
Letterpress on handmade kozo with wax and walnut dye
Edition of 20, 2012

Cult of Relics
Handmade abaca, ink, cloth, and board
One-of-a kind, 2015

Letterpress printed on Japanese gampi and hand dyed with persimmon tannin and konnyaku
Deluxe edition of 5/standard edition of 15, 2017

Letterpress printed on Japanese gampi and hand dyed with persimmon tannin and konnyaku
Deluxe edition of 5/standard edition of 15, 2017

Natural Order: A Game of Pairs
30 cards with learning guide and 4-flap enclosure
Letterpress printed from original drawings on French's Chipboard
Edition of 50, 2012

The Record
Letterpress printed on Masa paper with Sumi ink and hand brayering
Edition of 60, 2017

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