Trees. Paper. Leaves.
I am teaching workshops as part of the Threaded Stream Fiber Arts Trail this March. Click here!
I am a papermaker and artist focusing on the natural world as my source of inspiration and materials.
My current work reimagines handmade paper and deconstructed books as sculptural elements. Oak leaves, birds, and other elements of nature are hand-cut from handmade papers and book pages. Paper blossoms, reminiscent of Chinese brush painting, are hand-formed and sewn. Each piece is created one-by-one, each unique. These elements are formed into sculptural works incorporating natural tree branches, recycled wood, beads, and other embellishments. Each piece asks viewers to examine their own relationships with paper, wood, and trees.
As a paper maker, I focus on using plants as bases for my papers and paper dyes. I use plants considered invasive or ubiquitous around my home. I then use my handmade papers in my art pieces. I also use handmade papers from other countries to complement my work.
I also create artist books with many of the same natural elements. The book as art allows many interests to be shared in one medium. The book allows for further exploration of what we expect from a book and how that expectation can be manipulated.
My background includes art and writing degrees. I live in Lodi, Wisconsin, in the rolling hills north of Madison. My husband, Dean Allen, is a sculpture. Together we own and operate D Squared Studios, a studio and creative space where we create our own work and seek to share our work and skills with others.
I also help coordinate the annual Art on the Trail in Lodi, Wisconsin. Learn more here!
I am happy to create commissions upon request. If you see a piece that interests you, please contact me.
I can be reached at danaslowiak [at] gmail.com or 608*695*1231.
SELECT EXHIBITION HISTORY
Art on the Trail, La Lunita II and other work, location still to be determined on the Ice Age Trail in Lodi, Wisconsin, May 2019
Art that Blooms, Portage Center for the Arts, Portage, Wisconsin. June 2019
Buttercream Bakery, Solo Exhibition of Recent Works, Lodi, Wisconsin. June 2019.
Midwest Paper Fest, Town Square, Green Lake, Wisconsin. October 2019,
Art on the Trail, La Lunita, Gibralter Rock Segment, May 4-31, 2018
Arnold Grummer's Midwest Paper Fest
Town Square, Green Lake, WI. October 2018.
High Fiber II, as part of the Threaded Streams Fibers Arts Trail, D Squared Studios, March 2-31, 2018
Arnold Grummer's Midwest Paper Fest
Town Square, Green Lake, WI. October 2017
Open Gallery at D Squared Studios, July-August 2017.
High Fiber, as part of the Threaded Streams Fibers Arts Trail, D Squared Studios, March 3-31, 2017.
artsTribe (Reunion): D Squared Studios, July 2016
Dana Slowiak & Dean Allen: Recent Works,
(D Squared Studios Grand Opening) May 2016
Anything Goes: An exhibition exploring what paper and books can be, Gelsy Verna Gallery, Art Lofts, April 10-16, 2015
AS A MEMBER OF artsTRIBE www.artstribe.net
Cover to Cover, Overture Center for the Arts and Dane County Public Libraries, 2011-2012
SEED: Celebrating Farming Through Art, Overture Center for the Arts, 2009
Blue, Pyle Center, UW-Madison, 2008
O Fortuna! Interpretations of Carmina Burana, Overture Center for the Arts, 2007
COMMUNITY-BASED ART PROJECTS
Art on the Trail, La Lunita, Gibralter Rock Segment, May 4-31, 2018. www.artontheiceagetrail.org
From China to Madison: Crossing Cultural Bridges, Overture Center for the Arts, 2008
Reflections of the Northside, Overture Center for the Arts, 2008
Turning Points Mosaic Mural, Lussier Community Education Center, Lead Artist, 2007-2009
Kids’ Garden Mosaic Fence, Troy Gardens, Supporting Artist, 2006
The Capital Times Art Project, State Street, Madison, 2007