The WisCon Art Show staff are happy to present a gallery of selected work from artists accepted for this year’s show!
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Clara Cecilia Abnet Holden
Clara says: I am a tattoo artist and work mostly in the mediums of drawings and ceramics. Through my drawings I combine mythology, faerie tales, and animals to create strange and sometimes terrifying worlds that reflect my inner life, while my ceramic work is predominantly functional. Mostly focused on self portraiture, I want to bring new light to the female form that has long been cast through a male gaze in art. My current focus casts a new light on female monsters of myth, I want the viewers to question the hero-villain dynamic that has long vilified female power and glorified male violence.
Tahlia Day lives in Madison and creates topographical/map-inspired paintings with occasional collage and metal leaf elements, as well as digital illustrations building on watercolor elements. Her more recent experiments involve illustrating the environments suggested by her “Charted Unterritories” paintings.
Meredith’s fascination with fantasy began as a child. She studied art in college and spent her free time creating fantasy watercolors and comics. She is inspired by Pre-Raphaelites, Art Nouveau, and Japanese woodblock prints, and loves to bring details of her favorite historical fashions into her art. Meredith has authored and illustrated Watercolor Made Easy: Fairies and Fantasy, and Fantasy Fashion Art Studio, and published her own collections of ink drawings. You can see more of her work at her website and shop meredithdillman.com or follow on instagram (https://www.instagram.com/meredithdillmanart/) or Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/meredithdillmanart/).
Rhea Ewing is an illustrator, fine artist, and graphic novelist. Their work explores gender, identity, and the natural world using a unique combination of digital and traditional techniques. You can see more of their work at rheaewing.com
KJ says: In my art, I endeavor to capture images through a digital lens and develop them to reveal inner, sometimes hidden, aspects of the everyday wonders found all around us, to share with others what I see.
Website: KJForestImages.com (online in June 2020)
Sherry says: I’m a painter of dragons and griffins in the style of medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts. The Medieval Dragon Project began with a fascination at the difference in the representation of these beasts hundreds of years ago from modern fantasy art. I also design and make jewelry from vintage and retro components under the rubric of Recycled Jewels.
Ingrid S. Kallick is an artist and writer. Born into a small town in Illinois, she absorbed folk art from her immigrant grandparents who hailed from Norway, Bohemia and Ukraine. In addition to folklore and fantasy, she had done acrylic, gouache and oil painting representing her original worlds and stories, as well as illustration for children. After raising a family, she returned to her roots in painting, while continuing with advertising and design. Now, striking out on her own, she has chosen to dedicate all of her time to building her style and adding new media to her repertoire.
Rowan Littell (Mapleseed Crafts)
Rowan says: I created Mapleseed Crafts to explore the infinite and beautiful universe of flameworked glass creations. I have always been one to create shiny and mesmerizing objects from raw materials and fire. Now, in my Oakland home studio, I am able to bring these creations to life using borosilicate glass, a bench torch, and an annealing kiln. All of my work is an attempt to draw out the sense of wonder and whimsy of what I see, whether it is light and playful, loving and sensuous, or creepy and adorable. I would be honored to have you follow along on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/mapleseed_crafts/, online at mapleseedcrafts.com, or at my Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/mapleseedcrafts.
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Jana Pullman is a book artists award winner. She does bookbinding and box making and is a book arts instructor. Find her work on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/westernslopebindery.
April says: My name is April Robinson and I have been drawing since I was a toddler. Whenever I have any extra time I am usually drawing or painting. My site is at www.facebook.com/aprilsvisions and I can be contacted via email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. I do take commissions!
Heather A. Tatarek
Heather A. Tatarek is an ink and watercolor landscape artist in Madison, WI. She paints a variety of landscapes, from Earth, to planetary, and imaginary. As well as her originals and prints, she now applies her artwork to usable and wearable products, such as coffee mugs, magnets, scarves, handbound journals, and notecards.
You can see more of her work at heatheratatarek.weebly.com. Check out her new Etsy page under https://www.etsy.com/shop/h2olandscapes/, or check out other available merch on her Society6 shop under https://society6.com/heatheratatarek. Feel free to contact her directly with any questions or for direct sales and commissions at email@example.com.
Kat Weaver is a Minneapolis-based illustrator who loves birds, costuming, and history. Her work often features bright colors and fantastical architecture, and can be seen in various print and online venues. Find her portfolio at https://kathrynmweaver.com/ – and if you’re interested in commissioning a piece, either for publication or for personal use, e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks so much to all of our artists who shared their work!
Next year, the WisCon Art Show will once again be in-person in Madison. If you’re an artist interested in applying for next year’s show, please email email@example.com with any questions and/or add yourself to our mailing list below to be notified when applications open.