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Artist Statement

April 3, 2010

This statement works for both of us, since our approach and our goals do seem to coincide after the long association we’ve had. Our source of inspiration is nature. We were nature lovers and dedicated to the woods and land of Minnesota before we met. Both of us were raised in rural settings and devoted a part of our youth to running in the woods, swimming in its lakes. We developed a passionate love for nature.  Neither one of us was ever a hunter. If we encountered animals, it was to look at them, to observe, ultimately, to put them in our art. The passing of the seasons, the ever-changing landscape, these events offer enough inspiration for us. We do not attempt to copy nature, to make a picture of nature, but our efforts are to react to nature by interpreting our feelings and our sensations through art.

An example of masks, ubiquitous subject in our collaborations

Our art is not full of messages. Any social commentary the viewer would have to take to the work of art himself or herself, and it would be unintended by us. Yet we do admit to metaphor. We tend to celebrate and to honor the natural world in our work but a leaf, a branch, may take on meaning beyond the obvious, into human experience and to its meaning. Still, it is important to emphasize that we have been students of art history and that we acknowledge the changes and the transformation of art through the Twentieth Century.  We would hope that anyone viewing our work would recognize that fact and would not wonder, as I often do when looking at current effort to make art, “Whatever happened to the twentieth Century?” We bring not only organic design to our pieces but also, an attention to the history of art, to its hard edges, to its use of serial forms, to the great process of mixed media which is one of the most important characteristics of modern art. Perhaps the fact that we have lived in a big city and also in the woods has been influential in our design choices.

To us, the arts are related in a fundamental way. We frequently talk about the relationship  of music and art, we listen to music while we work. (thank you MPR)  We read, we go to concerts, we are dedicated to theatre, to architecture and to great literature. These experiences all influence what we do in the studio.

It may be that we come to understand ourselves more thoroughly and our place in the universe by making art. The creative life is necessary and has been a part of our daily practice for so long that it is indelible and necessary.

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