Collage by Anne Menne
Materials list: Paste, glue stick, brayer, glue spreader, brushes, scissors, magazines.
In this class we will explore the art of collage as a form of conversation between yourself and your culture. Through creating collages and artist’s statements, we will develop core artistic and anthropological processes that generate personal revelations, cultural linkages, and discovery of our common stories. The process begins with images that choose you, proceeds through communicating with the images to discover the story they are telling you, and concludes in a single collage or series of collages, an artist statement, and a group display, which we will explore to discover the communal story we share in common as we become collage elements ourselves. The collages function as a nonlinear kind of thinking feedback that uses all your kinds of intelligence and form languages as a result of intentional participation in the beauty all around you, past, present, and future.
About Anne Menne
“As a scholar, I have worked with Anne in planning a community art project here in Mill Valley, as an expansion of her work in Peru. In this undertaking, I have been enormously impressed by her originality of thought and her broad, multi-disciplinary understanding of her subject… I work with many talented people at the Community Center; Anne is extraordinary in the enthusiasm, excitement, and thoroughness…” — Candra Day Executive Director, Mill Valley Community Center
Anne is a founding partner of the Cultural Medicine Institute, which focuses on research and education about anthropology, arts, human development, medicine, and anthropology as medicine. Her current focus is research and writing about American society. She has worked as a project and exhibition designer director and writer to initiate, develop and produce research and educational programs for urban and rural, multi-ethnic and international audiences and products for exhibition, instruction, entertainment and public media, including extensive studies in Peru.
Her experience includes:
Executive Director, Heart of Anthropology, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation dedicated to anthropological research and education.
Project Peru Director and Foundation Fellow, Inter-American Foundation.
Guest Curator, Being Ten Years Old in Peru: Children Paint Their World, Junior Arts Center, Cultural Affairs Department, City of Los Angeles.
Project Initiator, Designer, Director and Curator, Children Paint Their World: Being Ten Years Old in Mill Valley, California and Lima, Peru, California Council for the Humanities & the National Endowment for the Humanities and Mill Valley Community Center.
Anne holds a Master of Arts in Creative Arts Interdisciplinary Studies; a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies (Anthropology, Folklore, Education); and a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities. She has also produced films and exhibited fiber art and poetry.