Healing Power, Anja Studer

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Tuesday to Friday, 12-6pm; Saturdays 12-5pm.

This new series of Anja’s work was born last June in a remote cabin in Northern Manitoba. Surrounded by nature and being truly unplugged for the first time during these unstable times, Anja felt her stress levels reduce dramatically.

Research has long shown that exposure to nature reduces cortisol hormone levels, boosts endorphin levels and dopamine production and many of us have experienced these positive effects firsthand over the past year.

These works are Anja’s response to the world-wide pandemic, ongoing environmental crisis, and the increased human divide. They explore the beauty of nature and wildlife, the relief this beauty provides during tough times, and the hope it symbolizes for humans to live in peace with each other and nature.

The delicate watercolor paintings are abstract washes of bright and happy colors, loosely indicating nature and flowers. Anja adds layers of doodles in pen and graphite to add more organic detail, before adding illustrations of Manitoba birds and insects in black ink, together with hand-embroidered plants. The animal illustrations consist of simple line drawings and geometric patterns inspired by folk art from all over the world, including Swiss Bauernmalerei and paper cuts. The paintings are light, whimsical, and beautiful and create a stark contrast to the dark and stressful state of our current reality.

The series also includes a small edition of hand-embroidered surgical masks, which reflect the harsh realities of today’s world. Masks, sterile and medical in nature are in obvious dissimilarity to the colorful and pretty embroidered flowers.

Anja hopes to offer some hope, joy, and relief to the viewer through her delicate and pretty creations.

The Artist”

Anja Studer was born and raised in Switzerland and became an environmental activist at a very young age, feeling a deep need to protect the world we live in. She studied fine arts at the École de design et haute école d’art du Valais (édhéa, formerly known as ECAV). When Anja moved to Canada, she continued her fine arts studies at the University of Manitoba and graduated from Red River College with a diploma in photography. She currently resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and continues to create, exhibit, and sell her art in Europe and North America.

Her work includes illustration, painting, photography, sculpture, installation, and a line of sustainable homeware featuring her art. Anja’s past exhibitions have focused on human existence through abstract landscapes and animal portraits. Her last solo exhibition “Protect What You Love” focused on the negative impact humans have on the environment and wildlife.

In 2017 she published her first colouring book titled “Familiar Friends” featuring a series of animal illustrations.

To help protect what she loves Anja contributes 10% of all profits from her art and homeware sales to local wildlife rehabilitation organizations.