Anna Campbell Bliss is not your typical artist. Famous across the country for the innovative combination of math, poetry, nature and environment in her art, she works hard to open up new ways of seeing and connecting disciplinary studies in exciting ways. Her latest exhibit, Labyrinths of the Mind, is on display at The Leonardo and is an excellent bridge between the scientific and artistic. Bliss combines painting and printing in an abstract way that encourages the viewer to engage in analyzing it.
Neither a literalist nor a realist, she uses the mathematical rhythms of shape, structure and science to create new and fascinating representations in art.
Though her unique work can be found in various halls and exhibits across the US, her exhibit at The Leonardo was created as a retrospective show and will include various episodes from her work and life.
Topkapi Palace Study, 2002, Photo courtesy of The Leonardo Website
Anna kindly answered some questions for us about her work and exhibition.
What got you into art?
"I can't answer that question. I don't remember when I started doing art. I've done it off and on throughout my whole life, and I don't know when I really started doing it as a serious pursuit."
Why mix disciplines?
"Why do I do it? Because it is important to see the relationship of different ideas. Mathematics overlaps with other cultures and disciplines in ways that people need to see."
"I just like experimenting. I don't use one single medium. I love painting and colors, but I focus on what I'm doing with an idea. The medium comes second."
Which piece are you particularly proud of in this exhibit?
"Waterwall, Firewall, Woodwall and Earthwall. I really like those ones."
The work will be on display through Jan. 6.