Artist Statement

False facts. Fake news. Alternative history. How do people deal with the contradictory, uncertain, and illogical aspects of life in a highly systematic and self-evident society?

As a sculptor and installation artist, I apply fiber and textile processes to wire and wire mesh in response to these diametric conditions. My work is often about the illusory boundaries and deceptive places in our lives—our incongruent memories, biased sense of reality, and conflicted relationship with nature and the world at large. I’m intrigued by the process of comprehension and understanding within this context.

I work with wire mesh because it has the unique ability to both reflect and filter light as well as be delicate yet strong. Wire mesh causes the vessels and sculptures I create to appear illusive and fragile even though they are not. Each piece is a veiled membrane of stainless steel, brass, or aluminum that expresses ambiguity and invites the viewer to look beyond the surface into the more intimate space within. I seek to express through my art that intersection where clarity and ambiguity touch.


Education and Training

Moorhead State University, Bachelor of Science in Art Education, Graphic Design emphasis, Moorhead, MN (1975)

Women’s Art Institute, Saint Catherine University, Saint Paul, MN (2016)

Castlehill Master Workshop – Janet Echelman (2015)

SDA Confluence Workshop – Lanny Bergner (2011)

Split Rock Workshops – Susan Brandeis (2008), Ilse Aviks (2009) and Jiyoung Chung (2010)

Artist Retreat – Steve Aimone (2007), Jonathan Talbot (2001)

Awards and Honors

2017        MN State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant

2016        Legacy Arts & Culture Heritage Grant

2015        Surface Design Association Personal Development Grant

2014        Jerome Fiber Artist Project Grant

2014        Merit Award, Bloomington Art Center Member’s Juried Exhibition

2013        2nd place, Juried Fine Art Exhibition (Fibers category), Minnesota State Fair

2007        4th place, Juried Fine Art Exhibition, (Fibers category), Minnesota State Fair


Chung, Jiyoung. “Joomchi & Beyond.” 2011

Selected Exhibitions – Juried


Materials Hard + Soft, Patterson/Appleton Arts Center, Greater Denton Arts Council, Denton, TX; Joann Edwards, juror

Unravel | Unearth, Inez Greenberg Gallery, Artistry, Bloomington, MN

Insula, Studio Gallery, Textile Center of MN, Minneapolis, MN


Artistry Members Exhibition, Inez Greenberg Gallery, Artistry, Bloomington, MN; Teresa Engeltjes, juror

Jehra Patrick Exhibit, Main Gallery, Lake Region Arts Council, Fergus Falls, MN; Jehra Patrick, juror

North of the 45th Exhibition, DeVos Art Museum, Northern Michigan U., Marquette, MI; Michele Bosak, juror

Art on the Plains XII, Donath / Schlossman Galleries, Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND; Aaron Spangler, juror


Sylvia White National Juried Exhibition, Flow Art Space, St Paul, MN; Sylvia White, juror


Jerome Fiber Artist Recipients’ Exhibition, Concordia University Gallery, St Paul, MN

Bloomington Art Center Member Exhibition, Bloomington Theater Art Center, Bloomington, MN


Celebrating Women Exhibition, Gorecki Gallery, St. Benedicts, St Joseph, MN

BTAC Member Show, Inez Greenberg Gallery, Bloomington Theatre and Art Center, Bloomington, MN

Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, St Paul, MN

Local Color, Humanities Fine Arts Gallery, U of Minnesota-Morris, Morris, MN


Screenplay, Mendenhall Student Center Art Gallery, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

Small Works, Main Gallery, Northfield Arts Guild, Northfield, MN


Watershed, Textile Center & SDA member exhibition, Textile Center, Mpls, MN


Hands of Korea, Heyri Artist Village, Seoul, Korea


Fine Art Exhibition (juried), Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul, MN

Selected Exhibitions – Invitation/Open


Unravelling the Thread, Main Gallery, New York Mills Cultural Center, New York Mills, MN


WAI Participants Exhibition, Quarter Gallery, Regis Center for Art, University of MN, Minneapolis, MN

Natural Dye Invitational, Community Gallery, Textile Center of MN, Minneapolis, MN

A Common Thread, Textile Center Member Exhibition, Joan Mondale Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

Recollections: Shadow to Matter, White Bear Center for the Arts, Ford Family Gallery, White Bear, MN


Solo Exhibition, Main Gallery, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN

Kaleidoscope, Kaddatz Gallery, Fergus Falls, MN

Two Person Exhibition, Conn Fine Arts Gallery, Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis, MN

Recollections: Shadow to Matter, 215 Gallery, Minneapolis College of Art & Design, Minneapolis, MN


SD8 – Taste of 8, Gallery 1639, Falcon Heights, MN

Fiber and Mesh, Landmark Center Gallery, Henning, MN

A Common Thread, Textile Center Member Exhibition, Joan Mondale Gallery, Minneapolis, MN


The Space Between (two person exhibition), Northfield Arts Guild Main Gallery, Northfield, MN

A Common Thread, Textile Center Member Exhibition, Joan Mondale Gallery, Minneapolis, MN


Healing Arts Fall Exhibit (invitation – group), Allina Gallery, Owatonna Hospital, Owatonna, MN

A Common Thread, Textile Center Member Exhibition, Joan Mondale Gallery, Minneapolis, MN


Regional Artist Invitational (invitation – group), Charles Beck Gallery, Fergus Falls, MN

The Art of Healing (two person exhibition), Penny George Institute for Health & Healing, Minneapolis, MN

Merge and Flow, SDA Member Exhibition, Katherine Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, MN


A Common Thread, Textile Center Member Exhibition, Joan Mondale Gallery, Minneapolis, MN


What Is Enough (invitation – group), MacRostie Art Center, Grand Rapids, MN

Public Art


Dis:Engage, a community art project (I initiated), Monarch Festival, Fergus Falls, MN

Recollections: An SDA Exhibition involving collections of memories (group-initiated), 215 Gallery, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN


What’s Growing Here? Community Felting Event (I assisted), Prospect Park Community Garden and Textile Center, Minneapolis, MN

Commissions / Collections

Sanford Hospital, Fargo, ND

St Marks Cathedral, Minneapolis, MN

Urban Ventures, Minneapolis, MN

Faith-Lilac Lutheran Church, Crystal, MN

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN

Art Related Community Involvement

Traveling open studio to west-central rural communities involving stitching fiber work for Sanford Hospital in Fargo

Artist residency working with HS students teaching hand-stitching, community involvement with open studio access, 2-day retreat teaching various forms of digital and traditional mark making on fiber

Community Supported Arts Project (CSA), 2016; Created 30 eco prints in support for greater awareness of the arts in rural Minnesota

Glendalough State Park, July 2015: Memory Cloth, 2 day retreat teaching solar resist and mark-making techniques on fiber

Glendalough State Park, (workshop leader) August 2014: Eco-Printing & Dyeing, 2 day retreat teaching eco-dyeing and printing to adults

Henning, MN, April 2014: 2 week residency teaching in the High School and leading a community education adult workshop

Underwood, MN, May 2014: 2 day program teaching wire mesh techniques to high school art sudents

Fergus Falls, MN, August 2013: Introduction to Markmaking on Fabric, 2 day workshop teaching dye with wax resist and stitching processes on fabric

Professional Affiliations

Textile Center of Minnesota

Surface Design Association

Womens’ Art Registry of Minnesota

Art of the Lakes – a visual artist cooperative