Anna Von Mertens
Above, between and in
Hand-dyed peaintings

May 1 - May 31, 2014

Anna Von Mertens


In Above, between and in Von Mertens, breaks away from the quilted fabric constructions for which she is renowned. Concentrating on three sources of inspiration including patterns left behind from the artist’s nutritional juicing; aura portraits interpreted from contemporary aura photographs; and the phenomenon of the aurora borealis, Von Mertens focuses on color and hand dyed images.

Anna Von Mertens was born in Boston and currently lives and works in New Hampshire. She received her MFA from California College of Arts and Crafts, and BA from Brown University. Recent exhibitions include a solo show at Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts (Boston, MA), 2013 Rijswijk Textile Biennial (Netherlands), 40 under 40: Craft Futures at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery (Washington, D.C.), and the 2012 DeCordova Biennal (Lincoln, MA). Von Mertens work is in the permanent collections of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Berkeley Art Museum, the Smithsonan American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery, and the Museum of Art at the Rhode Island School of Art and Design, among other institutions.


Exhibition Images

Carrot_ apple_ beet
Carrot, apple, beet
hand-dyed cotton on wooden stretcher
26.25 x 37 inches

  Carrot_ apple_ kale_ beet
Carrot, apple, kale, beet
hand-dyed cotton on wooden stretcher
26.25 x 37 inches

  Kale_ apple_ carrot_ beet
Kale, apple, carrot, beet
hand-dyed cotton on wooden stretcher
26.25 x 37 inches

  Kale_ carrot_ apple
Kale, carrot, apple
hand-dyed cotton on wooden stretcher
26.25 x 37 inches

  Joy and Pete_ second reading
Joy and Pete, second reading
hand-dyed cotton on wooden stretcher
34 x 52 inches

  Joy and Pete_ first reading
Joy and Pete, first reading
hand-dyed cotton on wooden stretcher
34 x 52 inches

  Me and Chris
Me and Chris
hand-dyed cotton on wooden stretcher
34 x 52 inches

  Matt and Arlie
Matt and Arlie
hand-dyed cotton on wooden stretcher
34 x 52 inches

  Sanjay and Shalini
Sanjay and Shalini
hand-dyed cotton on wooden stretcher
34 x 52 inches

 
Apple, carrot
hand-dyed cotton on wooden stretcher
26.25 x 37 inches

 
Aurora
hand-dyed cotton on wooden stretcher
54 x 100 inches

 
Kale, apple, carrot
hand-dyed cotton on wooden stretcher
26.25 x 37 inches

 
Beet, apple, kale, carrot
hand-dyed cotton on wooden stretcher
26.25 x 37 inches