Another Time: Anna Von Mertens
Anna Von Mertens explores the rifts and connections between past and present by rendering major events in human history against the backdrop of the cosmos overhead and as impacted by phenomena in the natural world. The passage of time is embodied in her hand-stitched quilts, each dotted line of thread establishing its own time as evidence of both hand and history.
The works in Another Time trace pivotal moments of historical social instability causing new methods and modes of understanding. Whether mapping the passage of stars when Galileo first observed Jupiter’s moons, or star paths over the Battle of the Bulge as the war dragged on, Von Mertens sees the cosmos as both witness to these events and an impassive, abiding natural cycle. Works displayed from her series, Migrations, Invasions, Plagues and Empires interpret ancient tree ring cross-sections that point to climate extremes during the fall of the Roman Empire and other major human disruptions. The fates of humanity and nature are simultaneously tangled and independent. As the earth turns and the seasons repeat, Von Mertens probes the cyclical nature of time, memory, labor and history itself.
Anna Von Mertens received her MFA from California College of the Arts and BA from Brown University. She lives and works in Peterborough, New Hampshire.
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Sunday, December 17, 2017