S. V. MEDARIS
Since 1998 I have lived on a farm in the Driftless area of Southern Wisconsin and raised dogs, cats, chickens, peafowl, turkeys, and pigs from which I draw inspiration for life and art. Showing and educating the public about the different breeds and species, often exposing the humor inherent in raising the various livestock, is my purpose for making the artwork. I make woodcuts, linocuts and oils showcasing these models, these characters that inhabit life on the farm. Over a dozen solo shows in 15 years, including MOWA (Museum of Wisconsin Art) and James Watrous Gallery, the exhibits focus on themes of domestic animal husbandry, the relationships we have with livestock and they with each other, and the unique characteristics of various species both domestic and wild.
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I have been represented since 2005 by Abel Contemporary in Stoughton, WI. I have work in numerous public and private collections in the U.S. and abroad including Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Museum of Wisconsin Art, Epic Systems Corporation, Denver Art Museum and UW Children's Hospital. I received my MFA from UW-Madison in 2011 in printmaking and book arts, and continue to make block prints and oils dealing with the relationships we have with the animals we raise for meat, as well as those we care for as pets.
DEMONSTRATION: August 2019 marks the beginning of printing with my 11ft long Meeker/McFee etching press. It allows me to print an entire 4ft x 8ft woodblock. It's a game-changer (from printing large blocks by hand with a wooden spoon). I will be printing on this press as well as carving blocks and printing them onto paper or fabric or clothing, depending on the day. An 8ft long pink hog woodcut, other large-scale woodcut prints, as well as small woodcuts and linocuts will be on display and more in progress for future exhibits at Abel Contemporary.
STUDIO ACCESS: My studio is at ground level.
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123 Drammen Valley Road,
Mount Horeb, WI 53572, 608-577-6001
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