Anna Leigh Clem

Location: Somerville, MA
Nationality: American
Biography: Anna Leigh Clem is a photo-based artist working with book arts, text, sculpture, and other media to explore and portray her unconscious ruminations. Compelled by the secret worlds inherent in memories, dreams, and childhood, her work aims to... read on

I dive into the canyon and begin to fly. Never have I soared like this before, not since my last flying dream. An infinite expanse of sun-blasted buttes and deep shadow gorges swells around me.
At the bottom of the well, the cliff’s stark beauty fills me with awe and anxiety. I am surrounded and alone.

We enter the American Southwest by way of canyons and mountains, rocks, dirt, and silty rivers. I have found comfort in the lush, green weather patterns of Northeastern summers all my life, but have yearned for this unknown. Dry, bare, and seemingly unforgiving, this monolithic landscape is beyond my comprehension. Remarkable, yet I’m unsure what to say.

Down we climb into the canyon, and up and up into the mountain. Visions blur by but never sink in past sad eyes. It is within this harsh and hostile land that I witness my inner demons awaken, slowly but surely, sulking through the senses. My parents are by my side, but I am most certainly alone, tormented by thoughts inconsolable. Where there is bright light there is deep shadow, and something evil lurks therein.

We climb to the top of the mountain, only to come back down. After dark, images of the grotesque, grandiose structures remain. My mind is filled with disquiet yet the red rocks are silent, their roughness still grazing my skin.

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The Rings of My Limbs

By Anna Leigh Clem / Souris, Prince Edward Island — (2013) There’s a part of me that is ready to fall away. I keep searching for the whole, and still I..

Floating Petals

By Anna Leigh Clem — (2020) Handmade, one of a kind paper sculptures created from family photographs Pigment prints on cotton..

I walk to break free of the fear.

By Anna Leigh Clem / Souris, Prince Edward Island — (2010-11) My accordion book I walk to break free of the fear. is an illustration of inner mind as sanctuary..

Floating Petals (book)

By Anna Leigh Clem — (2020) Handmade paper created from family photographs Pigment prints on cotton rag, artist's book, box..

The Perennial Garden (WIP)

By Anna Leigh Clem — (2012-2020) My childhood home and its’ garden in Hoboken, New Jersey, which no longer exist..


By Anna Leigh Clem — (2017-2020) Statement coming soon.


By Anna Leigh Clem / Hudson Valley, New York — (2012-2016) A hole has more presence than a filled spot, and I have come to notice a few. They are..

To be oneself completely

By Anna Leigh Clem / Hudson Valley, NY — (2012-2014) When I step out the door to photograph, whether in my backyard or an unfamiliar landscape, my..

Where the Road Goes

By Anna Leigh Clem / County Cork, Ireland — (2011) While my stay in Ireland was brief, every passing moment soaked through to a heeding heart. It is..


By Anna Leigh Clem / New Paltz, NY — (2014) Teenage years are laden with fear, wonder, and self-doubt. In attempt to dissect that strange age as..

It will become something

By Anna Leigh Clem — (2011-12) As we move away from the purity of our births, we become complex and gnarled like trunks of..
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