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August, 2015

Featured Artist

Angela Young

With my work, I am interested in the body-self relationship and its relationship to the natural world. I participated in sports from ice hockey to triathlons, yet struggled with issues of self-conception and physical appearance. The constant discipline and determination of being an athlete is similar to the way I approach art making. Both are self-directed, repetitive, and meditative forms of creating: both construct the person I want to be and portray the parts I want people to see. I am a recent graduate from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University with a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Printmaking with a strong emphasis in drawing. I am currently an Associate Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls for the Fall Semester 2014 and Spring Semester 2015 in the area of Printmaking.

Angela will be in the studio from June - August.
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A Conversation with Angela Young

by Don Niederfrank

Angela and I met on a July afternoon at Smith Brother's Coffee. After getting a coffee and a bit of chatting, I got to work.

Let's start at the beginning. Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Merrill and started doing art when I was little. Instead of coloring in coloring books, I would copy the images and color those. I also drew pictures of my stuffed animals.

Did you always do art then?
I continued doing art through grade school and high school. When I graduated I started out in pre-vet at U-W River Falls. It was a choice between that and art. I tried to take an art class here and there but I realized if I was going to do art, I would have to really get into it. I changed my major when I was a sophomore.

You went to grad school in Arizona, right?
Yes. ASU, Arizona State at Tempe.

What's your favorite medium?
I draw in pencil mostly but my favorite medium is Lithography.

Pen and ink?
Not usually pen and ink. Just pencil. When I was at River Falls I did stone lithography. (Interviewer's face shows puzzlement.) It's this amazing process of making prints using stone. It was invented in 1798 to reproduce sheet music more cheaply than copper plates. (As Angela went on to explain the process the look of puzzlement receded from the interviewer's face.) I have a meeting with the interior design team at Aurora to display some of my prints and drawings.

Do you ever paint?
I do. In acrylics.

When are you happiest doing art?
At that moment after you've been laboring over an image and you know it's complete. Whether on stone or paper.

Do you have an idea what a piece will look like before you begin? How much does it change during the process?

Typically I do, because the drawings I do are so detailed. I work from photographs and consider myself a photographer as well as an artist. I use a macro lens on my camera. I started out doing portraiture then moved into closer inspections of the figure.

Do you like to visit galleries and museums?
Yes. I don't get to Milwaukee as often as I would like. In 2006 I studied abroad Europe doing research for a 60-80 page paper we had to write focusing on three artists. I visited places doing research on Rembrandt, Albrecht Durer and Käthe Kollwitz.

Is the idea of being a “successful” artist something you ever think about? What would that mean?
It's not something I've really thought about. I think for me it would mean being able to make art everyday. I think my dream job would be to teach art at the college level.

What's the hardest thing about being an artist?
Finding the time to do art.

What do people not know about art?
People don't realize that everything you is art. That it's all around us.

Angela then shared with me the following quote, which seems to be the perfect closure.
“I think everything in life is art. What you do, how you dress, the way you love someone, and how you talk. Your smile and your personality. What you believe in, and all your dreams. The way you drink your tea. How you decorate your home. Or part. Your grocer list. The food you make. How your writing looks. And the way you feel. Life is art.” ~ Helena Bonham-Carter


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