7. 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—the most recent at MOWA (Museum of Wisconsin Art), 2018—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. I am represented by Abel Contemporary in Paoli (moving to Stoughton, WI in Spring 2019).
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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: I am working on large-scale woodcuts and linocuts for upcoming solo show at Watrous Gallery, Madison, WI (in the Overture Center for the Arts). I will be carving blocks and printing them with an etching press onto paper or fabric or clothing, depending on the day. An 8ft long pink hog woodcut, and other large-scale and small woodcuts and linocuts will be on display and more in progress for the Watrous Gallery exhibit.
STUDIO ACCESS: My studio is at ground level.
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