Currently based in the Twin Cities, Anna Leigh Biedenbender holds a B.A. from Wisconsin Lutheran College and an M.F.A. from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Anna has worked with college mentor programs, grant programs, and art galleries and organizations, including the Soo Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis and the Milwaukee Artist Resource Network. Her most recent solo exhibition, Prisca, was on display at the Ylvisaker Fine Arts Center in Mankato, MN during the spring of 2017, and she was one of 12 Minnesota artists invited to the Studio:HERE artist-residency program at the 2017 Minnesota State Fair. Anna is also a classically trained soprano, currently singing with the Twin Cities’ Magnum Chorum and in the studio as she paints.
I am interested in the human condition. Specifically, I question one’s ability to be vulnerable and empathetic with others. In my work I dissolve figure/ground relationships into compositions of gestural line and mark. These compositions have tensions between figuration and abstraction, and fluctuate between the ephemeral and the concrete.
I work from multiple sources – referencing photographs, direct observation, and other renderings. I combine and translate this information through painting and drawing. This process is part depiction, improvisation, and alteration, so the work hovers between clarity and obscurity. Through this process, I am able to reflect on the intersections of personal identity, sanctuary, and relationship.