Beauty and possibility – Isthmus

“I come from persons who are makers of attractiveness and chance,” writes Karen Goulet, one of 16 Indigenous artists whose get the job done is highlighted in Madison Alumni: A Legacy of Indigenous Views, on display in the UW Memorial Union’s Major Gallery by means of March 21.

Goulet’s blended media work “Viola’s Blues” utilizes a patchwork-like grid to weave together monotone images, stitched butterflies and geometric motifs generally affiliated with Indigenous American designs. It is a superior introduction to the vary of the artwork in the show, which encompasses relationship to spouse and children and nature, a foregrounding of their possess mediums, and, as Goulet writes in an artist assertion, “historical trauma.”

Derick Wycherly’s “Regional Fare,” drypoint and engraving on handmade paper, is a thoughtful arrangement of textures that evoke painterly topo maps, and the elegance of the land from higher than. Wycherly, a third-calendar year master of fine arts candidate, is 1 to watch.

Joe Feddersen’s “Echo” (pictured) makes use of styles related with effigy mounds, but there is a surprise amongst the photographs in this mixed media print. It is just one particular of the items in this display, curated by professor of art John Hitchcock, that benefits watchful on the lookout.