Originally from Wilmington NC, Anne Willson started in the arts as a potter. She moved into arts administration and worked in the nonprofit sector for over twenty-seven years, leading visual arts organizations in North Carolina and Tennessee while maintaining a side art practice. In this side practice, she first explored sculptural weaving and the random weave process through a MassArts workshop in Bennington VT in 2009. In 2016, Willson returned to North Carolina where she shifted her work with nonprofits (more information here) and returned to the studio.
With a focus on communication and information that exists beyond literal translation, Willson’s art is rooted in the natural world. It functions as a marking of wildness and inherent knowledge, both in the environment and in our human selves.