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Helen Klebesadel

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artist bio

Helen Klebesadel is an artist, and an educator best known for her large-scale, richly detailed watercolors addressing environmental and women centered subject matter. Her visual concerns run the gamut from careful study to poetic, symbolic and sometimes political representations of nature and human nature. Klebesadel exhibits her work nationally and internationally. A past president of the national Women's Caucus for Art and a current member of the Wisconsin Arts Board, Helen is currently Director of the UW System Women's Studies Consortium.

artist statement

�My visual concerns run the gamut from careful study to poetic, symbolic and sometimes political representations of nature and human nature.�

My paintings are transparent watercolors on paper. My watercolors start with detailed drawings and are developed through layer upon layer of color washes and dry brush technique mixed with occasional areas of wet-into-wet spontaneity. There are four primary themes I explore:

� Careful observation and attention to the beauty of nature, and consideration of our relationship as humans with nature,
� Noticing the complex beauty of patterns that repeat in nature, in theory, and in our cultural symbols
� Examining the gendered stores and myths that inform our understanding of the world
� Celebrating and honoring the women�s traditional fiber arts that were the work of the artists I grew up with in rural Wisconsin.

My watercolors can be seen at http://klebesadel.com
My Blog: A Muse and Her Artist: http://klebesadel.wordpress.com/