Meet Seward Artist, Denise Rouleau
Artwork includes: “Art of the Catacomb” series of clay “mummy” like figures that populate reworked letterpress cases; Manipulated polaroid imagery of the flora and fauna of Como Conservatory; “Nature’s Oracles” a sculptural series inspired by collected and observed elements that reveal clues about the cycles of life and our complicated relationship with nature in our urban environment. Over the past two years, Denise collaborated on the Milwaukee Avenue peace pole project (installed on Milwaukee Avenue Mall, September 2019). She hand carved terra cotta tiles with peace imagery and messages sketched by Seward neighbors. Starting in December, Denise will offer workshops in her studio in the Ivy Building. Visit her website for class offerings.
Denise creates archaeological vignettes and relics in clay and mixed media. “I am fascinated by how we piece together obscure artifacts and fragments of a story to create a narrative in which we find a place for ourselves. I work with materials in unexpected ways, search for beauty in the imperfect, and give new life to objects that are past their lifespan. I stretch clay until it cracks, or even breaks, and enhance its textural wounds. I am drawn to the chameleon-like power of clay and juxtapose it with found materials so I can both explore and obscure the dialogue and space among objects that are simulated, real and reimagined. I want my pieces to feel as though they have been uncovered rather than created.”