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April 1, 2023, 3-8pm
Vanguard Sculpture Services
3374 W Hopkins St, Milwaukee, WI 53216  



2023 jurors

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Ava Hager

Our bodies control our ability to live or die; maintaining its health is crucial. My work focuses on the ever changing experiences our bodies encounter from personal and familial ties to illness and disease to the impacts of depression and anxiety. Not only is this detrimental to our mental health but works in direct cycle with our physical state; the stomach is the second mind.

I am a senior sculptor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and will be graduating this May. I work in a variety of mediums including textiles, wood, plaster, and recyclable materials. I look for meditative acts within my work, and actions that no matter how simple or complex are relaxing through its repetition and motion. These acts are therapeutic in nature and inspire my exploration of the mental state's effect on the body. In my current body of work I explore my bodies response to emotional and mental distress from my symptoms of GERD Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease), stress, anxiety, and depression throughout the grieving process of my mother's death as I cross milestones. This project includes hollow wax castings of the organs my mother's cancer affected, my stomach to summarize my GI tract issues, and paper string incorporated from my collection of medical records since my health problems arose. These organs hang before a light source illuminating the cracked textures of the organs surface with an eggshell application highlighting the beauty within the body even with illness and death.

Microcrystalline wax 10 lbs. - $160.00
Consumables for fabrication ( plastic wrap, clamps, glue, eggs)- $60
Pine for Armature - $80
Lighting - $70
Lacquer and Finishing materials - $40
Shipping & Handling - $100
Total: $510