As a photographer, I find myself capturing moments and freezing time in my images. Walking through gardens, we may not always see the intricacies and details of nature, especially in flowers. My photographs give me an opportunity to explore the architecture and designs of the gardens, enabling my viewers to see the details that are often missed. My flowers are like portraits, capturing the essence of their beauty within that moment of time.
Albert Benedict, Whitewater WI
My work is rich with texture and color, my work embodies the rhythms of nature and explores parallels and intersection between cycles in nature and human existence. I push texture and color relationships while using different levels of abstraction creating descriptive imagery.
William Bennett, New Berlin WI
My work explores three-dimensional interactions of geometric and linear elements using a mixed-media pallet of ball bearings, wire, metals, onyx, paper, watercolor and other unique hardware elements. These elements are my “paints”. Like a painter, I use these elements to establish color, texture, composition, flow, interaction and impression. My main goal is to arrange these geometric elements into visually interesting patterns which draw in the viewer, allowing a closer examination and greater appreciation of the interplay of the details. Perceiving patterns in the midst of complexity is where the beauty lies.
Wood is so intrinsically beautiful that anything made from it becomes an object to admire or desire. Whenever I can get wood of surpassing beauty it makes my job easier and the product more valuable. Whatever the wood is you can just do the best you can with what you have. You inflict your will and your tools on it; whatever results from that can be art or craft or functional furniture. I am most enthusiastic about executing designs that involve freeform joinery and intarsia (solid wood inlay). This entails precision handwork with band saws and routers.
I have been creating my distinctive leather bags for over 40 years. I like to explore different themes and I often incorporate unusual surface techniques including printed digital images along with painting, embossing, stamping, and beadwork to get my message across. When creating my leather bags I strive to make one that is durable, functional, creative, and beautiful.
Theresa Brunson, Milwaukee WI
I use authentic African fabrics and other quality fabrics to fabricate my bags and other accessories. Using these earthy and primitive fabrics in my fiber art, gives me a chance to share my cultural awareness to a broader audience.
Two primordial senses – my visual passion for color and pattern and the tactile pleasure of working with the textures of silk and wool – evoke my emotions and influence my creativity. My wearable textiles are created by felting, a centuries-old process of transforming wool fibers into cloth using moisture and friction to agitate the fibers to mingle and lock together. The process of nuno felting the loose fibers through existing cloth may also be incorporated. It is my hope that the sensual pleasures that fulfill me in the creation of my garments also awakens wonderful emotions in the wearer.
Using various gauge wire and very old techniques – wire crochet, wire weaving, and wire wrapping – I create one-of-kind pieces.
Ann Cook, Milwaukee WI
I adore illustration; my sculptures are created as three-dimensional illustrations of imaginary stories. These stories are not personally designated, but rather to be identified and expressed by each viewer. Every sculpture is a new adventure offering a mixture of nostalgia and whimsy. These fantasy figures and creatures are intended to aspire smiles and curiosity.
Katheryn Corbin, Milwaukee WI
Clay work has endless choices of textures, colors, and form with possibilities to draw as well as build large shapes. The surprises when the kiln is emptied add to the fun. My clay work is from a potter’s lineage. We geek out on glaze recipes and who our teachers are. Proudly, my first potter teacher is second removed from Pete Voulkos. To us, that matters. Throughout my career as a potter and sculptor I have challenged the limits of materials and firing. This body of work has a fine clay slip, and is blackened with sawdust and fire. The vessels are pinched and coiled. They are part of my work as an artist in residence at Lynden Sculpture Garden this past year. The images drawn on the pieces are a part of that experience. The sawdust firings were on the garden grounds.
I have been fascinated by wood for many years. The range of color, texture and pattern found in woods from around the world provides an almost unlimited creative palette. Add to this wood’s malleability, and it becomes an ideal medium for creating objects with both beauty and functionality. Most of my early working with wood was as a do-it-yourselfer, making furniture, cabinets, or whatever else we needed around the house. However, for the past 15 years, I have concentrated on designing and building wooden boxes. A box is the ideal vehicle for combining functionality with the elegance and beauty of wood.
Dale Eggert, Shorewood WI
The simplicity of the triangle, circle, square, and line combine in infinite variation on the transparent glass plane to create a third dimension. I take this concept a step further by turning the horizontal plane into a three dimensional object in combination with welded steel.
My current body of work was inspired by 19th century ornithological illustrations and early pieces incorporated details such as eggs, feathers, and plant life. The work has since evolved into a series of portraits of individual species devoid of these contextual elements. By placing them in environments that are somewhere between impressionist and abstract, I hope to call attention to the fragility of the environment and the plight of all life forms as climate change alters habitat and food sources.
My work is constantly evolving. Starting 40 years ago with traditional forged steel, I've focused on sculpture for the last 10 years and stainless steel for the last 5 years with the addition of glass for the last three.
I am a thing maker. I have dabbled in many media and processes. Eleven years ago, I found my art self. A series of fabric and mixed media doll-figures emerged. Direct wet felting became my medium of choice. The seemingly magical transformation from wool to felt, the additions possible, variation of forms, serendipitous outcomes are challenging and satisfying. The more I learn, the more I want to know. Nature is a source of never-ending inspiration. Colors, shapes, textures, invite me to push the limits, but I show humor, too. Life is short; make art, have fun.
Having worked in leather for many years, I find new techniques to apply to this material and create a functional piece of art. My creations embody the energy and passion that I bring to my work.
Barbara Hollenback, Glendale WI
My medium of choice is fabric, and nature is my inspiration. I enjoy manipulating the fabric with inkjet prints of photographs I took, hand painting, dye and resist techniques. When I combine my altered fabrics with found fabrics, I discover a layered world, created with what I changed, and what I accepted. I bring it all together in a composition, usually based on the Wisconsin landscape and prairie plants, with appliquéing techniques and embroidery. When I make these I feel honored to add my voice, like another seed or kernel, to the amazing array of Wisconsin fiber artists. I also feel connected to my past; my mother and grandmother expressed themselves most fashionably with fabric- it was a part of their identity, as it is a part of mine.
My landscapes are not renderings but intuitive interpretations of nature. I concentrate on detailed mark-making, texture and pattern. Multiple layers of ink-both transparent and opaque are applied, edited and reapplied until the surface feels complete with depth and richness.
I translate the beauty of the natural world into wearable art. That wool transforms during felting from soft, flat fabric into sturdy three-dimensional shapes fascinates me. I continually learn about my materials, recycled wool fabrics, yarns and dye, pushing my work forward. My art celebrates self-reliance, the joy of creating and using handmade articles, women who passed down their skills and the tradition of creating beautiful functional items essential to daily life.
My contemporary fiber artworks incorporate hand-dyed and commercial fiber fragments, trapped threads, yarns and cords, sheer overlays, and sometimes found objects such as buttons, stamps, and candy wrappers. Intense machine stitching with various threads adds visual tension and focus. In these transparent works, viewed from either side, subtle shadows or colors are cast on adjacent surfaces inviting new interpretations. Often I think of my work as a depository for the flotsam and jetsam of life. I collect and include fibers and objects with interesting texture, color or personal significance.
My polymer clay pieces are inspired purely out of playfulness and serendipity. When I make my teapots I often start with the shape of the teapot and wait to see what it tells me it wants to be. Then as I add clay the piece comes to life. I always hope to create something that no one has seen before that can also encourage viewers to see magic in their everyday life.
I have been weaving for 20 years. When I practiced law (1981-2013), I wove as an avocation. Since my retirement, weaving is my passion and vocation. I have four looms. This piece was woven on my 26" 8 harness jack loom.
This work was designed and created by looking at microscopic images. Anodized niobium and sterling silver rod was manipulated with hammers, anvils, anodizer, torch,and power tools in the making of these pieces. All parts move kinetically.
Barbara Pelowski, Franklin WI
My passion for enameling and color reaches back to the mid 1960s at San Diego State. I enjoy playing with the metals, mainly copper and silver, and the many techniques involved in applying the glass.. Most recently I have been making beads, doing electroforming with enamel as well as several decorative tile projects involving the medium as part of remodeling in our kitchen and bathrooms. I miss seeing my friends at art events, but truly enjoy the freedom to explore enameling in new ways.
Thomas Pscheid, Wauwatosa WI
Years of painting experience has carried over into my photographic style, which pays particular attention to color, light, and texture. The effect of generous post processing, occasionally pushed to chromatic extremes, helps capture the drama and narrative from our world. Post processing of my photography serves as an effective tool to translate my perspective on the cityscapes and landscapes I explore. All images are printed by me or under my direct supervision.
All but one piece exhibits motion – rock on ball bearing mechanism. All tell a story with humor, whimsy, or sophistication. Each consists of two parts: an animal hero rocking above a base with supporting dimensional visuals. Each is meticulously researched. They are constructed not carved. From concept to completion is many months, four to six or more. I enjoy every minute (well not EVERY one, plenty of frustration but I am happiest when I have one in the works!).
Being from he Midwest, corn has always been in my sights. I have found fascination with the "objects" that I see coming out of the vast fields of corn we see surrounding us and that we may take for granted.
Through a peculiar fascination at a very young age for arranging the items atop my Grandmother Mae’s bureau, I began a lifelong love of chess-like moves with the kings, queens, knights, and pawns of her perfume bottles, costume jewelry, Band-Aids, powder tins, nylon peds, hair curlers, loose change, and emery boards. To this day, I love creating a new narrative from found elements of varying origin— auditioning and juxtaposing short-lists of my own, odd plucking. I re-tell the tales of these elements and their histories through a new lens and a disparate secret code of color, texture, and minimal engineering.
Because hard-shelled gourds come in many shapes and sizes, there is no limit to the incredible possibilities of gourd art. I consider gourds to be nature's canvas and each gourd provides a unique opportunity to turn a plain, dirty gourd into a beautiful piece of art. The beauty of the gourd is enhanced through layers of leather, metallic and ink dyes to create deep, rich colors. The gourds are embellished with weavings of Danish cord and pine needles. Metal and glass beads add interest and the gourd is finished with a lining of mulberry paper.
I began drawing and carving onto my pieces a few years into my life as a potter and have never stopped. My designs have always been inspired by nature and have evolved to include everyday household objects and popular iconography. I strive to create imagery that can be visually beautiful, and at times, somewhat playful. The functional aspect of pottery is extremely important to my work. I want to make objects that are durable, of high quality, and used every day with ease. I choose to work with stoneware for this purpose, and keep my forms and shapes smooth and simple to showcase the graphic designs I create.
John Whitney, Baileys Harbor WI
The human figure is an endless source of form and inspiration because it is the filter through which we see the world.
Kim Wilson, Fox Point WI
My inspiration comes from exploring life's surroundings. Whether it is the textures of nature, geometric shapes or the feelings from within, all are a stage of the creative process. Since the year 2000, I have been designing small wearable sculptures. Using sterling silver, gold and semi-precious stones, my hand-fabricated pieces are treated with various surfacing techniques such as forging, roller printing and patinas. The results are simple yet complex, industrial yet natural.
Ann Wydeven, Milwaukee WI
Ann Mory Wydeven is a sculptor working predominantly in large-scale mosaic murals and figurative ornamental sculpture. The blending of Byzantine, Baroque and Impressionist styles dominate her mosaic practice. Using an overlay of experimental textures, historical techniques and drawings, the pieces are embellished with personal allegories. The mosaic narratives give the viewer a glimpse of ecosystems in full health or in decay. In this way, the work is a visual translation of time and memory. The figures embrace mythical, religious, and legendary stories using self-portraits to step into another time, or skin. Organic systems, relics, and historical artifacts all play into the storytelling process.
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