About the Artist
Annie was raised with simple but consistent values of stewardship. Those early lessons of conservation lay the foundation for her current art practice as she paints with honorably-harvested local water and sediment. Her process requires immersion into our natural environment. This exhibition showcases a variety of paintings with water and sediment from the Mississippi River and Minnesota River at Pike Island, Lake Pepin, and the Root River in Lanesboro.
Inspired by the teaching of the Honorable Harvest as recorded by Professor Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, Annie ceremoniously collects river water and damp sediment. In her studio, she pours these ethically-harvested materials with acrylic paint over a flat canvas to emulate the natural erosion and flow of the environment. She brushes thin layers of colors over the dried texture to express organic landscapes, water patterns and surface reflections. Fully saturated with elements of the river itself, her art embodies its materiality, its story, and its spirit.
Annie studied at the University of St. Thomas and St. Catherine University, earning a double-major B.A. in Elementary Education and Studio Art. From 2015 – 2016, she completed a professional mentorship program with the Women’s Art Resources of Minnesota (WARM) and participated in the Women’s Art Institute at St. Catherine University. Hejny was an artist-in-residence with Lanesboro Arts in August, 2017 and will be an artist-in-residence at the St. Croix Watershed Research Station’s historic Pine Needles Cabin this September, 2018.