Anne A. Yoncha CV



In our rapidly technologizing world, we are nudged to interact with devices rather than engaging with the mechanics behind them. Plants in particular sustain us directly, though the processes through which they do so have become increasingly detached from the average person’s daily experience. My work explores the often-hidden mechanics of plant physiology, such as the tension that brings water up a ponderosa pine stem against the force of gravity, or the coevolution of the mucuna flower’s sound-reflective shape with its echo-locating bat pollinator. I aim to create work that transforms these 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 will contribute to our capacity to view the world around us as less silent, and more eloquent.


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. 


Master of Fine Arts Candidate, University of Montana 2019
Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art with Distinction, University of Delaware 2010