Nana Schowalter Artist Statement:
My current work includes two collections entitled Magic Objects and Garden Spirits. The inspiration for these pieces comes from contemplation and research about symbols and objects of ancient cultures. I am most interested in the images left to us before the development of written language, for these symbols carry us back to the earliest desire to communicate through form. The ancients did not by definition make art, but rather made beautiful objects that symbolized their theology. I am intrigued by objects that served as functional and sacred reliquary for ritual and celebration.
Nana lives in rural southwestern Wisconsin and works in the original Postville Blacksmith Shop, built in 1856.