Biography
 

Anne Mavor is a visual artist and writer whose work combines a variety of art forms and disciplines. Over her career this has included painting, printmaking, book arts, sculpture, installation, performance, and music. Originally from Massachusetts, in 1976 she moved across the country to Los Angeles to join the feminist art and performance movements. She attended The Feminist Studio Workshop at The Woman’s Building and studied with Suzanne Lacy, Sheila de Bretteville and Deena Metzger. Her solo performance work was included in the 1980 Public Spirit/Live Art L.A performance art series, the First International Festival of Women Artists, Copenhagen, Denmark, and Interaction Arts Foundation NYC, Nexus Gallery, Philadelphia.

As a member of the collabora­tive performance art group, The Waitresses, she addressed social issues using the metaphor of the waitress. Her 1987 solo performance Mouth Piece was a lounge act about stuttering. While at The Woman’s Building she also discovered book arts, which she continued to develop at the Oregon School of Craft. Her many books have been shown in California and Oregon.  In 1994 she received a travel and research grant from the John Anson Kittredge Fund for her book Strong Hearts, Inspired Minds: 21 Artists who are Mothers tell their Stories, published in 1996. From 1999-2002 Anne assisted artist Betsy Damon and her organization Keepers of the Waters, which combined art and science to educate about water quality.  

Since 2010 paintings from her Mounds and Stones series have been regularly exhibited in Oregon, Washington, and Massachusetts. The paintings, which are an exploration into family heritage and place, reference her father’s astro-archeaological research photos. She has a BA in art from Kirkland College and an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University, LA.

Anne with her mother, Mary Mavor, painting together in Maine.

Anne with her mother, Mary Mavor, painting together in Maine.