Anne M. Fiala
  • La Grange, IL
  • United States
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LaGrange, IL
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I am a maker.

MFA Indiana University Bloomington

BFA University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign
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In my work I seek to understand emotion.  Working instinctually, I recreate the tangible and intangible details from my past; my grandmother’s rosary, a line in a song.  As these fragments come together into one composition, I remember the story and emotion in a new way.  Though often melancholic, I have fondness for these memories and emotions and with that a desire to keep them.  In these compositions they no longer feel heavy, but appear beautiful and adorning.

Within the studio, I have spent the past year exploring my creative process and what drives me to create. Repetitive exercises that limit time, technique, and materials have generated recurrence of details and influence which, in turn, have brought clarity and direction to my work.  I have found new inspiration in my roots and a unique approach to embracing color, found objects, and narrative.  


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At 2:58pm on September 23, 2014, Brigitte Martin said…

Thank you very much for your membership renewal and continued support of crafthaus. Your membership is valid through October 15, 2015.

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At 9:38pm on August 5, 2013, Randy Long said…

Hi Anne, I know I have told you this, but I will tell you again.  I love your work!  Great showing on crafthaus.

At 11:29pm on August 24, 2012, Andrew Kuebeck said…

Congrats on being featured!!!!  Hope your thesis is starting off great!!

At 11:43am on July 25, 2012, Louise Tessing said…

Hi Anne, 

I'm a new member of crafthaus and just feeling my way around.  I hope you remember me from Lillstreet! I was thrilled to see you as a member too and equally thrilled to see some of your wonderful new work. IU is definitely giving you the time and encouragement to experiment and push the boundaries of your abundant talent.  Congrats, Louise Tessing

At 9:02pm on February 13, 2012, Vincent Pontillo said…

Thanks Anne :)  I'm so excited to join IU in the fall, can't wait to see you soon!



At 12:33pm on February 8, 2012, Leia Zumbro said…

Thanks Anne!  I am digging the variety of materials you use and how you combine them.  Great stuff!

At 12:42pm on February 5, 2012, Ruudt Peters said…

Thanks for your friendship 


At 1:07pm on February 4, 2012, Kyleigh Garman said…

I'm gettin' to it! haha

At 4:03pm on October 27, 2011, Andrew Kuebeck said…

your's too!  i heard you had a great summer with ruudt, jealous!  what've you been up to this semester?  the fuller pix on facebook look really cool, and very well attended!!

At 11:54am on June 6, 2011, Lisa Johnson said…
  Hey Anne!  Congrats :)  I hope you have a great summer! 

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