I bend and twist torn shapes into organic forms

 Featured Artist Gene Mihleisen

Untitled #1 (Detail)
Watercolor painting has always been central to my creative being. As a student in high school, studies at the Fine Arts Department, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and throughout my career as a graphic designer this has been the creative media through which I best express my inner thoughts and ideas. Now retired, I have the opportunity to indulge in this passion on a full-time basis.
Having evolved from a more traditional watercolor painting approach to a new direction, I now explore the potential of this medium going from two-dimensional work into a three-dimensional art form. Using heavy watercolor paper, I bend and twist torn shapes into organic forms. I then apply watercolor washes to these dimensional shapes. The water-colored shapes are then manipulated, organized, composed, and adhered on a solid ground surface into a new creative three dimensional form.
This confluence of watercolor wash and dimensional dynamics of these organic elements increases the potential varieties and subtleties of color, shape, shadow, rhythm and depth that otherwise cannot be expressed in traditional watercolor practices. In order to further emphasize and enhance this form in space as well as protect it, this new sculptural art form is place in a clear acrylic enclosure.
I am now investigating and exploring the process of creating free-standing sculptural forms using this same media and approach.
The influences of nature and the powerful connection I feel to it are inherent in all of the art forms that evolve from my creative process. This is much in part not only from my love of the outdoors but the beauty and symphony of forms that I encounter on my walks or bike rides through the countryside. This work is a tangible expression of my desire to visually express ideas and concepts as well as develop a new art form in doing so.

Untitled #1 (Detail) Untitled #1, 30" X40" x 6" Untitled #10, 10" x 10" x 25" Untitled #11 Untitled #12, 25" x 34" x 5"
Untitled #2 Untitled #6, 30" x 40" x 5" Untitled #9, 30" x 40" x 6"
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