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