My work explores the often-hidden mechanics of plant physiology, such as the tension that brings water up a Ponderosa pine against the force of gravity, or the coevolution of the Mucuna flower’s sound-reflective shape with its echo-locating bat pollinator. I use a combination of analog and digital processes, including textiles dyed with plant matter I collect, electronics controlling changes in light and sound, analog sensors transmitting data into exhibit spaces, and traditional drawing and painting techniques. I aim to create work that transforms microscopic or invisible processes into analogues viewers can experience in a tangible and visceral way. Perhaps engaging with these interpretations of plants as entities in dynamic relationships with their surroundings can contribute to our ability to think more critically about our capacity to both fit within and radically change our ecosystems. I hope to join an expanding critical dialogue questioning the role of object-making, scientific inquiry, and data materialization in how we conceptualize nature and our place within it.
Anne Yoncha is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts Degree at the University of Montana, where she creates installations based on plant physiology. Tree Talk, her temporary site-specific installation sonifying invisible processes within a stand of Ponderosa Pines, was selected as the 2018 Emerging Artist project at Blackfoot Pathways Sculpture in the Wild in Lincoln, Montana. Her interdisciplinary art-science research collaboration won the Best of Grad Con Convention on Graduate Research award two years in a row. Resulting work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, most notably in Budapest, Hungary; Idaho Falls, Idaho; Savannah, Georgia; and St Charles, Missouri; as well as an upcoming solo show in Raleigh, North Carolina in 2020. Anne serves as co-director of the non-profit FrontierSpace Gallery, and leads monthly ArtTALK panel discussions pairing artists working with similar content across different media.