Anne Yoncha is an American artist from Delaware, who was a Fulbright student fellow at the Natural Resources Institute Finland the past year working with restorationists to make collaborative art-science work about former peat extraction sites outside Oulu. Her practice combines digital sensing technology, such as bio-data sonification, and analog, traditional processes including painting with ink she makes from locally-sourced plant-matter. Yoncha completed her Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Montana in 2019, and she will begin work as Assistant Professor in the Art Department at East Central University this fall.
Re:Peat III is a series of works resulting from art-science collaboration between visual artist Anne Yoncha and researchers Oili Tarvainen, Anne Tolvanen, and Anna-Liisa Välimaa of Natural Resources Institute Finland and composer Daniel Townsend. The works showcase Yoncha’s observations from the long-term collaboration with the group, highlighting the layered and complex structure of the peatland mat and the relationships between the present moss structures and grass species. The works show the muscular nature of Sphagnum moss when viewed up close, in contrast with the sandy texture of peat-ash, the industrial by-product created when burning the peat for fuel and the restoration additive to neutralize soil pH. The colours in the works are created e.g. by mixing the peat ash with acrylic paint.
Re:Peat III at Art Ii Biennial 2020
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