Darlene Wesenberg Rzezotarski

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There was an old woman

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Woman Skating; for margaret

ARTIST STATEMENT

I officially began my writing career at age 13 with a poem called Miss Forward, written to honor the statue topping our state capital building in Madison. Some 25 years later, I first put my hands in clay. Immediate affinity! My first ceramic creation was a coil pot in the form of a snake. Inside, I incised the single word: Hiss-tory. Since then, little crescent moons of clay under my fingernails joined the telltale ink stains from my fountain pen. I am an artist, teacher, mythologist, freelance writer, caregiver, and gallery owner. I work out of my home studio, combining my love of storytelling with my love of creating narrative ceramic pieces that (I hope) speak their own tales to the beholder.

Basically self-taught, I have taken independent study classes at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee under the supervision of Professor Gary Schlappal. Additionally, I hold a master’s degree in Comparative Literature from UWM. My work has been featured in various exhibits including the Museum of Wisconsin Art, the Kohler Art Center, the Cudahy Gallery of Wisconsin Art at the Milwaukee Art Museum, Womanmade Gallery, and yearly Wisconsin Visual Artists shows. My recent publication, Trick a Witch, Wed a Hedgehog, Save your Soul: An American Artist Encounters Poland, contains original renditions of Polish folk tales illustrated with over 25 of my ceramic sculptures. Currently I am part-owner of THE Fine Art Gallery, 207 East Buffalo Street, Suite 201, Milwaukee WI 53202.