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Vanessa German. Imagination Tree. 2012. Mixed media and found objects. Collection of the artist. Photo by J. Rachel Gustafson

Vanessa German. Imagination Tree. 2012. Mixed media and found objects. Collection of the artist. Photo by J. Rachel Gustafson

::  Award-winning multidisciplinary artist Vanessa German grew up in an artistic family. Her mother, a well-known fiber artist, encouraged her children to create a story all their own. The artist describes her sculptural mixed-media works on display at the AVAM as "contemporary power figures" that serve as iconographic metaphors that become "alive by sight." 
 
"There is [a birth date] from the point of view of when the institution began looking and valuing the artwork from self-taught people. But I have find trouble with the whole linear notion of art history because, frankly, there have always been rogues. Those rogues have great resonance. Usually there is something archetypical about rogue-ness." - AVAM Founder and Director Rebecca Alban Hoffberger