Literature 11-30-2006

Minnesota Stories presents mnartists: Anastasia Ward and Minnesota Stories ( have collaborated on a video series profiling Minnesota artists in all disciplines.

Anastasia Ward
Chuck Olsen

Minnesota Stories presents: mnartists premieres simultaneously on and on Friday, November 3, and continues every month through April 2007 with illuminating video profiles of artists around the state. The series offers a glimpse of how the artists work with and are supported by various arts organizations related to their work.

Interactive toy sculpture artist Anastasia Ward is the subject of this new “Minnesota Stories presents: mnartists” video. I can’t help but think of her art as “toy mashups.” She combines parts of stuffed animals with the electronic toy guts to create something new: Magical, creepy, lifelike creatures, perhaps imbued with an emotional history.