Anna Buckner

soft stuff


Still Together Apart
Nida Abdullah and Anna Buckner

Still Together Apart is a visual dialogue between Nida Abdullah and Anna Buckner. This project utilizes the form of the book as a means of inquiry through collaborative making. This invites visual and text responses by both Nida and Anna as they reflect on personal, philosophical, political, social, geographical, and technological issues (like life).

Who and what systems dictate the conventions of visual language? How might working collaboratively challenge systems of publishing, authorship and dissemination?

What is the tension between ownership/non-ownership and generosity in art and design?

How might the artifact become a representation of the dialogue itself?
How does material create content and meaning? What modes of making enforce oppressive systems? What are alternative approaches that invite a pluralistic perspective?

This section is created in Google Slides. This approach offers accessibility, openness and playfulness. By taking this approach, using a digital platform for its unintended use, we are embracing alternative modes publishing, authorship and dissemination.

Log Cabin Type

This work is an exploration of log cabin quilt patterns and typography. Within each piece, I consider three possible origins for the pattern:

Egyptian cat mummy wrappings
Scottish run-rig farming practices
Scandinavian log cabin bath houses

I ultimately want to create space for new visual, conceptual, and poetic possibilities of the pattern, while looking back to its mysterious origins. 

Love Letters

Bad Water Gallery, Knoxville, TN

Design Inquiry, Vinalhaven
Collaboration with Nida Abdullah

At a creative residency in the Summer of 2018 in Vinalhaven, Maine, 15 cross-disciplinary makers were asked to participate in the creative misuse of Google Sheets over the course of one week. These works were inspired by Sol Lewitt’s instruction drawings, where makers responded to a set of context-specific prompts to collaboratively create visualizations, exploring alternative approaches both in a physical installation and within the digital platform. We explored the social aspect of making together, and how context informs process.