Anna Baer is american artist based in Heidelberg, Germany, whose practice examines the relationship between control and wild. Her curiosity and practice depart from meditations on identity, chaos, calm. She holds a Masters in Teaching (Arts) and a BA in Fine Arts from Whitworth University. Baer has been a working artist and writing her art blog at olivegreenanna.com since 2009.
Baer has held art teaching positions at Heidelberg International School, (Heidelberg, Germany), and North Central High School (Spokane, WA, USA), and currently works as an an artist in Heidelberg, Germany. She is an active member of Action House a creative collective, organizing creative markets, and artistic workshops. Recent fine art projects include artist residencies at @MaiSpace in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and Berlin Art Institute, CALM CHAOS, a solo art exhibition at Action House, Heidelberg, and a piece as part of METROPOLINK an urban art festival in Heidelberg this summer (2017). She is the recipient of the 2009 and 2008 Art Talent Award at Whitworth University (Spokane, WA, USA).
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About the work
I live seeking understanding of identity, wild, and calm. My current work uses nature, in and around me as my muse. In my outdoor studio on the road or at my studio in Heidelberg, Germany, I investigate the relationship between control and wild.
While pregnant I realized how little control I had over my body and whether the little babe in me would survive full term or develop healthily. Since then, I have been conscious about situations in which I have control and don't. Living in this juxtaposition is exciting and nerve-racking. We all can make intentional marks in our lives but a the same time, there are natural elements which are out of our sphere of influence. I find calm and quiet in my work and in this life, even when control and wild are so near one another.
In my current practice, I find this calm when pushing and pulling paint on the canvas, dripping, and making marks and layers. I am using materials that are at times out of my control, such as swirling fluid paints and inks. I can influence them, but they move and collide when I turn my back on them for a moment. Walking this fine line of intention and chance is what interests me most about life and painting.
In addition to this website being an artistic space for me to share my artwork and process
ARTIST RESIDENCY, MaiSpace, Chiang Mai, Thailand, November 2016-February 2017
-create work independently -Exhibit work in the gallery space.
ARTIST RESIDENCY, BERLIN ART INSTITUTE, gErmany, SEPTEMBER, 2016
-created work independently and communally, participated in workshops, and gallery visits -Exhibited work at the open studio day
WORKING ARTIST, HEIDELBERG, GERMANY, 2009-PRESENT
-Work independently as an entrepreneur to build my small business -Sell at local expos/creative markets
BLOGger, OLIVEGREENANNA.COM, HEIDELBERG,GERMANY-2010-PRESENT
-Write a blog featuring posts about home, art, adventure, and my experiences living a creative life style.
ART TEACHER, HEIDELBERG INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, GERMANY-2010-Present
-Develop and execute art curriculum for grades 6-12.
-Mentor students completing their diploma in Visual Ar ts.
-Provide Visual Ar t professional development for staff at the school
ART GALLERY ASSISTANT, SARANAC ART PROJECTS, SPOKANE, WA, USA-2008-2009
-Informed visitors of the gallery space and its content -Hosted artist receptions
-Aided in hanging and dismantling art work between shows
WEB ASSISTANT, ARTOCRACY.ORG-2008-2009
-Invited artists to participate in Artocracy.org, a virtual space connecting artists and patrons through the sale of affordable art
Masters in Teaching, Whitworth University, Spokane, Washington, July 2010
Bachelor of Arts in fine arts, whitworth university, spokane, Washington, 2009
Coursework: Painting, Printmaking (Lithography, Silkscreen, Etching), Drawing, Color and Design, Photography, Ceramics, Sculpture, Digital Imaging (Photoshop)
Residency teacher certificate, State of washington, july 2010
Endorsement: Visual Arts (P-12)
2017 "Nachtwandel: Music/Art Night", (Mannheim, Germany)
2016 "Calm-chaos", solo show, action house, (Heidelberg, Germany)
2016 "Berlin Art Institute: Open Studios: (Berlin, Germany)
2016 "Arbeitsproben" Group show, VHS, (Heidelberg, Germany)
2009 Group Show at koehler gallery (washington, USA)
2008 Group Show at koehler gallery (Washington, USA)
2008 solo show at Empyrean (washington, USA)
2007 group show at Empyrean (washington, usa)