Sister Anselma Scollard OSB


Sister Anselma Scollard spent her childhood and youth in California, U.S.A. She is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the University of Warwick in England, having studied the fields of philosophy and art, more specifically aesthetics and sculpture. She has pursued these studies in art through extensive travels in Italy, particularly the Veneto, Toscana, and Umbria, and her studies in medieval sculpture and architecture have taken her to the Bourgogne and the Dordogne areas of France. Although she is particularly interested in the Quarto Centro period of Italian art and the medieval period of French art, she also has a great interest in modern and contemporary art, which has taken her to Paris and Amsterdam, and London.

Sister Anselma did not begin to publish her work until she joined St. Cecilia’s Abbey on the Isle of Wight. Her monastery is a member of the Solesmes Congregation. She is a Benedictine, enclosed, contemplative nun.  She has further pursued her work in sculpture in the production of furniture and the creation of gardens within the monastery, incorporating the use of shapes and colours inherent in plants in a monastic setting.

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