My artistic practice explores the complexities of belonging. I collect narratives that approach the truths of a place from a personal perspective. Community conversations, literary references and observational drawings inspire me to create site-specific material experiments that encourage viewers to more deeply engage with place. As an immigrant to Canada from Wales, the crafts of my childhood continue to influence my work. Embroidery, knitting, crochet, drawing, string games, story-telling, and handwriting all share a repetitive quality that binds people to place. I am interested in the ways that this repetition, through re-learning and re-telling in various spatial and community contexts, can reveal difference while providing a sense of stability in a constantly shifting world.
Anne Steves is a Welsh/Canadian interdisciplinary artist working on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. She 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 recently participated in the Canadian Craft Biennial residency and the NOVA Young Welsh Artist exhibition.