Anna Widén was born in Sweden in 1971. She lives and works in a farming area north of Oslo, Norway. She is graduated from the National College of Arts and Design in Oslo in the year 2000. In her studies she worked mainly with digital media but has in the last years been focusing on art as a physical and material process where the-hands-on-method is the main trigger of the concept.
The main thread that runs through my art work originates more or less directly from the landscape found in the area where I currently live and work. I am deeply inspired by visual structures and rhythms found in both raw and cultured landscapes. When creating art-in-nature, I am particularly preoccupied with my choice of materials and ecological methods for working the site.
While some of my site-specific works are instant, others represent a series of steps carried out over a longer period of time. In this way, my ideas can be said to evolve organically through "hands-on" work, rather than as a result of preconceived theory.
Time, presence, susceptibility and delight are my central concepts. It is the simplicity of these concepts which I strive for in my work process - it keeps me grounded. If I succeed in capturing these concepts in my art work, I find it complete.