wisconsin arts board artist fellowship award winner, 1998
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Artist resides in: Madison, WI
The pieces I create are either jewelry or sculpture. The medium I have chosen to make my art objects is metal and I prefer working with copper, sterling silver and, oftentimes, gold. For me, designing and constructing works of art is very enjoyable and I have learned many versatile techniques, methods and application processes, as well as the art of patience.
Many times I create textures on the surface of the metal either by etching or roll printing. Over time, I have noticed that my work uses many reoccuring shapes, repeated images or similar themes. Often I find myself developing a series that consists of three to five pieces. By doing this, I feel I successfully complete a body of work. In addition, working in the this manner allows me to fully develop and finalize a certain appearance or opens my mind to new possibilities. For example, when I am making a piece of jewelry, this process enables me to focus not only on its design, but its functionality as well.
To explain my artwork is indicative to defining me. I would describe myself as an observer, problem solver and continual learner. By looking at my world and seeking new ways to grow, I feel these elements help me to satisfy my interests and passion for metalsmithing. This direction and set of characteristics makes it possible for me to interpret my work in a fresh perspective and, in turn, sparks new ways of analyzing common objects, which definitely keeps my mind full of ideas.
Education: B.A. in art, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, 1994
M.F.A. in metals and sculpture, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1997
Seebauer won an Individual Fellowship Award from the Wisconsin Arts Board in 1998. She currently works as a freelance metal artist for Metalpeople Studio and is represented by Grace Chosy Gallery, both in Madison. She teaches at Milwaukee Area Technical College.
Seebauer's work has been exhibited at the DeRicci Gallery, Edgewood College, Madison; the Zona Gale Center Gallery, Portage; Zazen Gallery, Paoli; the Madison Art Center; and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, among other places.