Artist’s Statement

My work can best be defined as Conceptual Land Art.

I am interested in spaces, both physical and psychological, and how the two relate to one another. I create site-specific projects in wide-open and extremely remote landscapes, where the severance from busy and hectic civilization creates a great distance from the “real world.”

As I am deeply involved with issues concerning the ecology of the planet, I feel responsible for bringing attention to the ways humans are depleting our eco-system, and have recently begun to work on installations that include human interaction and initiate a dialogue that brings awareness to the endemic environmental issues affecting our planet.

Performance and ritual have always played an essential role in my work. Space takes on significance through the actions performed in it. During a series of projects in Newfoundland I began developing a closer connection with the spirits of nature and started to cultivate an interest in Shamanism, which has become an important focus in my life and is intimately connected to my work.

My projects exist only for a few hours or days at a time. Before they are disassembled and the landscape is returned to its original condition I document them through large-scale photography, video and text. Most of the materials I use are collected or borrowed from nature and then later left to return to their natural cycles. Sometimes I simply use my own body as the primary medium.

For the past few years I have been working in the deserts of Nevada addressing on-going concerns with water issues through a series of performative projects. This body of work has produced two art films inspired by the transformation of the landscape due to global warming.

Anne-Katrin Spiess

Airstream in Wide Open Prairie
Nebraska
1997
 
My 1971 vintage Airstream trailer, which I adapted to become my studio and darkroom for traveling. It allows me to spend extended periods of time in remote sites in nature, without any contact with other humans and the rest of civilization.