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David Gilbertsen & Joy Wallace

Medium: Mixed Medium

Booth #: LS31

Using simplicity and balance, these Zen-like compositions create peaceful places for the viewer to connect with tactile, organic, found objects…and with themselves. As a studio painter and a ceramicist, David was inspired by the weathering effect of wind and water upon the land and lakes in rural Wisconsin. This recent mixed media work has been a natural next step. He constructs 3 inch deep panels, then sandblasts niches, crevices, and channels, to give the viewer the sense of finding and exploring a hidden place. The cement coating on the panels gives a stone-like texture to these intimate stages, some of which include his paintings as backdrops. David is the innovator in the studio, always elbow-deep exploring new possibilities.

As an etcher, Joy’s previous imagery had an imaginative, narrative quality: delicate, finely detailed, and filled with small surprises. She brings that same point of view to these collaborative pieces. She has the patience to search through shelves and boxes for just the right stone and re-purposed glass to comfortably co-exist with one another and tell a story.

Together, David and Joy created one-of-a-kind compositions that quietly celebrate their shared, playful ability to see the extraordinary in the most ordinary, familiar elements. They enjoy the adventure of finding all of the elements used in their work.

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.” -Roald Dahl

That sense of child-like wonder is still available. Invite yourself in to experience it.

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