It’s not everyday you can look at an artist’s work and get hit with his or her persona. The upbeat colors and glitter of Lacie Stiewing’s sculptures do just that. “I’m kitschy,” says the Fairbanks, Alaska resident.
“The concepts and visual imagery in my work is driven from my experiences growing up in Reno and Las Vegas in relation to my current experiences while living in Fairbanks. I look to push the iconic forms of ‘Wild Alaska’ into contemporary, urban pop culture using humor and kitsch while exploring formal elements of art” she states.
On exhibit during the month of December will be 22 musk oxen, 10 bunnies and one 9-foot snowshoe hare.
The musk ox are highly textured and brightly colored modular sculptures. Stiewing says “they were designed to interact with each other and can be easily maneuvered to form a different, ever-changing composition." And she’s given them all names – e.g., Nacho, Dusti, Buff, Ginger.matic, Hair of the Bean, Cassidy, Comfy, Protected Bed, Trigger, and 6 Degrees Below.
Stiewing received her MFA at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and is a 2011 Rasmuson Foundation Art Award recipient.
The exhibition runs through December 30, 2012
The gallery is open Wednesday - Sunday, 12:00 - 5:00 pm