Anna Valentina Murch
Recent Large-Scale public artwork
Talk in collaboration with the Computer Arts Society (CAS)
Anna Valentina Murch is an artist who works primarily with the medium of light and whose work focuses on creating places that lead the viewer on a sensory and psychological journey that measures time and provokes memory. Since 1980, her work has been involved with designing and building large public art projects, sometimes working collaboratively with architects, engineers and other artists. These large-scale public works incorporate ambient elements such as light, water and sound, to create experiential places. This has allowed her to take her personal creative investigations to another level by widening the focus to explore the definition of place and venues for community interaction.
Anna Valentina Murch received her MA in Environmental Media, Sculpture from the Royal College of Art and a Graduate Diploma from the Architectural Association in London, England. Through the Computer Arts Society she exhibited an installation at the Edinburgh Festival in 1973. In the late 1970's she moved to San Francisco and developed many works in galleries and museums. Her recent permanent Public Art installations include: St. Louis Metro System, and the Muni Metro Extension, San Francisco California, Queens Civic Court House, New York, Arroyo Suite, Century City, Los Angles, Waterscape, Civic Center plaza in San Jose, California, Water Scores, for the Performing Arts Center plaza in Miami, Florida. She is currently a Professor of Art at Mills College, Oakland, California.