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  • “Prediction”Prediction

    "Prediction" is a collage work with images drawn from various historical time periods as a study of how the thinking and methodologies used to predict events- in this case, weather events - have evolved over time. The idea came out of my readings about Copernicus and an astrological prediction in the year 1624. This piece is currently exhibited at THE Fine Art Gallery, 207 E. Buffalo St., Suite 210 in the Marshall Building, Milwaukee, 53202.

  • “A Growing Season”A Growing Season

    This recent Mixed Media work, "A Growing Season", has been accepted for exhibition in Continuum 2012, an exhibition of work by 120 UWM alumni artists. This art piece can be viewed at the UWM Arts Center Gallery, 2400 East Kenwood Blvd. from August 27 through September 14. A closing reception will be held on Friday, September 14 from 5-7 pm at the Arts Center Gallery. This exhibition will also have works displayed at the UWM Union Gallery.

Jean D. Sobon

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207 E. Buffalo Street
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artist bio

I'm a visual artist working mainly in mixed media, painting, drawing and occasionally, in printmaking. My artwork has been represented since 2010 at THE Fine Art Gallery in the Marshall Building, Suite 210, located at 207 E. Buffalo Street in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward. I am one of ten owner-artists in this collaborative gallery which features the work of our ten artists, with openings for four Gallery Nights and Days and four Marshall Arts Events in 2012. My work can be viewed at THE gallery website: www.thefineartgallery.org

I have BS and MS degrees in Art Education from UWM and am an officer and member of Wisconsin Visual Artists, and also a member and former board member/president of Milwaukee Area Teachers of Art. I am also a member of Walker's Point Center for the Arts, the Museum of Wisconsin Art, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. I retired from teaching art in 2003 and have since been focusing on my art full time.

artist statement

My work is currently focused on my investigations what drives the behaviors of living things - humans, of course, but also our fellow animals and all thngs that grow and change.My references are found in readings and imagery from psychology, mytho-
logy, animal studies, human learning studies, mystery novels, past and current events in the media, and in my own observations, dreams and musings on what motivates us, both from outside and within ourselves. I combine images within a work to address the questions I'm asking, not as answers to those questions. Often the questions lead to more questions and other artworks.

The images I use within a work are easily identifiable, but the contexts they reside within may not be, as these are a result of the interaction between the images, and what these suggest. The possibilities are limited only by the relationship between the artwork and the viewer's memory and imagination.

I work in layers and often in transparencies- in materials as well as in my imagery.I've been working over a base of thin acrylic paint or over collaged, patterned papers to begin. I then apply collage in various papers, sometimes cut shapes, sometimes found imagery or drawings on thin papers, and will go back in with more washes or glazes of paint, or draw over surface areas. At times an idea will work best as a straight painting or purely as a collage, but most often my work combines both media.
diagrams, or my drawn images.

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