grounded

(2014)

Teenage years are laden with fear, wonder, and self-doubt. In attempt to dissect that strange age as well as cope with my own bittersweet nostalgia, I have put together my first zine.

To be oneself completely

(2012–14)

I am able to gain a greater perspective of my surroundings by creating and examining the resulting photographs. With the camera as my tool and nature as my guide, I can see myself from the outside! This project is about being oneself completely, authentically, truly. How can it be done? Or, can it be done?

The Rings of My Limbs

(2013)

There’s a part of me that is ready to fall away. I keep searching for the whole, and still I peer down the deep dark hollow hole. What I wish to do is chip the dead away like excess bark, but live trees don’t shed…they grow into their selves and their surroundings. I am not a tree however, so what to do with me?

It will become something

(2011–12)

I was born an observer. In the years since, I have gathered my feelings and surroundings to excess. I now attempt to sort my gatherings so that maybe I can understand. Together, it will become something. Together, we will find ourself. She has inspired me.

I walk to break free of the fear.

(2010–11)


My accordion book I walk to break free of the fear. is an illustration of inner mind as sanctuary in the form of a walking meditation. Even inside myself, where I can hide away and be free, I am tormented by fear, anxiety, and guilt. Perhaps there is no sanctuary to escape to, even within the world that I have created for myself.

Anna Leigh Clem

Anna Leigh Clem is a photo-based artist working with book arts, text, video, sculpture, and other media to explore and portray her longings for innocence and connection with the natural world.
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