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. Compelled by the secrets inherent in memories, dreams, and childhood, her work aims to recreate these otherwise invisible realms. Clem received the Robert Elder Scholarship in 2008 and was selected as an Honorable Mention in the 2015 FotoVisura Grant. Her work has been shown at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, Foley Gallery in New York, Visual Studies Workshop, Camera Club of New York, Davis Orton Gallery in Hudson, New York, Griffin Museum of Photography, Month of Photography Los Angeles, GuatePhoto Festival, and Elysium Gallery in Swansea, Wales. Clem has been interviewed by World Photography Organisation and JPG Magazine. She has published both trade edition books and artist’s books, several of which are held in the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University and the Franklin Furnace Artists’ Book Collection at Pratt Institute.
As a child, Anna’s imagination was inspired by the small magical garden behind her home within the urban enclave of Hoboken, New Jersey. Some years later, Clem attended high school in New Paltz, New York where she discovered photography and the greater natural world. In 2012, she graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Fine-Art Degree in photography. Anna is currently pursuing her MFA at Lesley University and is based in Somerville, Massachusetts.