Annika Earley primarily works with sound, relief printmaking, and stained glass. Her work often takes cues from phenomenological theories of perception — especially those of Gaston Bachelard — as well as Swiss and German folktales. Annika Earley earned her MFA at MECA, her BFA from New Hampshire Institute of Art, and also has a Masters in Philosophy from the College of the Atlantic. She has exhibited her work throughout New England. Originally from Switzerland, Annika now lives and works in Maine.
About her work she says, “Printmaking, singing, and working with glass are timeworn practices. Historically, these methods served to share knowledge of one’s culture and history. Through prints, songs, and stained glass, I fuse together folktale narratives and phenomenological theories of perception. In my work, the symbolical values of folk tales serve as recognizable cairns within the landscape of phenomenology. Layering often transparent materials and textures in both audio and visual work, I strive for a consistent sense of enveloping light and air. Activating multiple sensations plants the viewer firmly within the context of the phenomenology of perception.In German, the word for story and the word for history are the same: Geschichte. This blurring between the real and the less real is the impetus for my work. My projects are keyholes between these two realms.”