Presque Isle Community Library

Artist of the Month

The Presque Isle Community Library is proud to support art in our community.  Each month the work of one or more artists is displayed in the library.

Artists May/June-Katie Severson & Doug Kikkebusch

Katie Severson is from Milwaukee and moved to Sayner a year ago. Katie graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston where she studied Photography. Working exclusively with medium format film, she enjoys shooting landscapes and portraits. She loves experimenting with new techniques such as printing photos on glass and fabric. Travel is a huge inspiration for Katie’s work. She traveled to Cuba in 2013 before the ban was lifted, which allowed her to have a very different experience than most. The photos she was able to make on the island are a direct response to her time spent there and the people she interacted with. Stop in to see her amazing art!

 

Doug Kikkebusch moved from Forest Park IL. to Ironwood MI. five years ago with hopes of finding apeaceful place in the north woods to make art. Stop in to see his beautiful art in our cases.

 

Here is his artist's statement:

 

With some luck and hard work things have developed nicely and I'm currently living and working in the old Presbyterian church in Bessemer MI. I work in glass, metal, ceramics and wood. I make a wide variety of objects from the most utilitarian cup or bowl to whimsical abstract multi- media pieces. Art is a window into the mystery of what and who we are. Art is an expression of our dreams woven into the real world like a tapestry filled with colors and patterns of intellect, instinct and emotion. I studied ceramics at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines IL. For two years and thenspent a year at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. The ceramic platters on display are made from clay slabs and the impressions and textures are pressed in and then the slabs are flipped and draped over a mold. The impressions are formed using vintage drafting stencils and explore the relationship between perfection, obsolete function, traditional Japanese form, and an indifference to function. So the drafting stencil is obsolete, but comforting
because it represents organization, uniformity, cohesion and even perfection. The platter is a traditional form and represents perfection as well, but with openings is incapable of holding anything. The obsolete stencil mirrors the nonfunctional platter. The tension between perfection and obsolescence, between intention and beauty is some of what makes the pieces interesting.