Anna Linzee MacDonald contemplates how matter, form and spirit relate with particular regard for inherent paradox. She creates unusual objects, instruments and environmental contexts for personal and social enrichment.
Anna grew up at an international school in Stony Brook, New York where her parents have taught English, Drama, Studio Art, Marine Biology and Sailing for almost four decades. During her father's sabbatical from teaching (1989-90) Anna's family explored communities in Europe, India, China and Oceania. Six months of their journeys were spent in the Solomon Islands, where Mr. Linzee helped build wooden ships and public relations. By means of play Melanesian children introduced Anna to alternate concepts of home, family, faith and ritual. Besides Pijin English and Kastum, she also learned to make her own toys, tools and use her own body as a tool. While raising birds from the egg and nursing sick animals Anna developed an appreciation for non-verbal intuition, a deep fascination for living organisms and a strong belief in the healing ability of touch.
After graduating from The Stony Brook School in 1997, Anna hiked from Norway into Sweden above the Arctic Circle with four friends from Germany. Upon her return she completed A-level Studies at the Culford School in Bury St. Edmunds, England, assisted by The English Speaking Union. Anna received a BA from Dartmouth College where she majored in Studio Art, minored in Education and competed as a Division I athlete for four years. She earned an MFA from the Rinehart School of Sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2006. Between her degrees, Anna served Dartmouth's studio art department as Faculty Intern and practiced sculpture in Berlin, Germany aided by a Fulbright Scholarship. Additional professional experience was earned providing ongoing photographic documentation for UCLA's Kosten Institute of Archaeology in Albania with husband Richard MacDonald, and working for the Fresh Start Program of the Living Classrooms Foundation in Baltimore MD, where Anna taught carpentry and prepared at-risk youth for further education and career opportunities.
Anna's work has been exhibited at Amerika Haus, The Universität der Künste and the underground transit system in Berlin, Germany as well as at the Baltimore Museum of Art. In the fall of 2009 she installed a permanent work at the Faith Lutheran Church of Seattle. A resident of Seattle since 2007, Anna has most recently been employed by: the Center for Digital and Experimental Arts at the University of Washington and the Art Department of Seattle Pacific University. While fully invested in her sculpture praxis, Anna continues to learn a great deal about everything from her three-year-old son.