Anna Schuleit is a visual artist whose large-scale installations revolve around the archaeology and remembrance of public sites and modern ruins. Her recent work explores the social history and architectural decay of state mental hospitals. Through open visual metaphors, Schuleit’s projects invite local communities to reshape and interact with their boundaries of comfort. Old documents, stray narratives, and a love for abstraction inspire this work.
During her fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute, Schuleit will be working on an installation for an uninhabited island in Boston Harbor for the Institute of Contemporary Art’s Vita Brevis 2007 exhibition. Her research on past military uses of the island; its geography, weather, and tidal changes; and the condition of its crumbling structures will inform this site-specific project, which is to function like a temporary land-mark: a gentle marking of the land.
Since graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1998, Schuleit has been a fellow at the Banff Centre, the Blue Mountain Center, Yaddo, and the MacDowell Colony. Her work has been supported by numerous agencies and organizations, including the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, and the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities.