Watercolor & India Ink
Artist Statement - The Steeple
In a steeplechase race, the steeple is both a gift and a curse. It is a joy to splash around in water, leaping over it as much as I can as if I were once again walking home from the bus stop on a rainy day in elementary school. It is also a bit frightening, especially when surrounded by other athletes who trip, get injured or simply infect you with their own fears regarding this obstacle. I was not the best steeplechase-r despite my own best efforts, but I loved to have had the opportunity to wrestle with this challenge for a few years while at St. Norbert. I can still smell the warm rubber on spring days and the beauty of the flowers decorating the water jump, the splash of the water hitting my ankles and the excitement of taking some flowers home even if I did not meet my running goals for that day.
Artist Biography - Małgorzata Wąż
Małgorzata, Gosia, Wąż has had a windy path. As a Polish immigrant growing up in the Chicago area I have always enjoyed art and drawing! I enjoyed growing my talent and the Young Rembrandts after school program, painting with a local artist every month when in middle school. Both Art and Science are great passions of mine, and I was able to study both at St. Norbert College - Majoring in Biology and Minoring in Studio Art (Dec ‘17). Shortly after graduation, I worked for a M.A. Teaching through University of Portland’s Pacific Alliance for Catholic Education while teaching Middle School and High School science at an all-girls catholic school in Honolulu, HI where I was able to interact with a rich community of artists in a beautiful location and culture where I was inspired by new things at every turn! I was able to paint quite a bit during this time, and have been growing in ways to reduce my own environmental impact not only as a person, but as an artist as well. I have moved back to Wisconsin to be closer to family for now which has been a challenge in the midst of this pandemic where finding community in a new city in a social distant world seems near impossible! I am still teaching Biology and Anatomy & Physiology this year and have been able to incorporate many opportunities for students to be creative and create art in my classes as we investigate the world and creatures around us..I have been exploring many mediums and topics in the past few years with recurring themes in my work including environmentalism, landscapes and portraits using bright colors and strong mark making. I have been working on staying in touch with art friends remotely and organizing art nights to help motivate us all to keep creating during this crazy time! If you would like to see more work or collaborate with me you may check out my instagram @mwazart or website mwart.com.