Debbie and Mike Schramer. Fairy Tree House. 1995. Mixed media. Collection of the artists. Left: Detail of Fairy Tree House. Photo by Dan Meyers; Right: Fairy Tree House. Photo by J. Rachel Gustafson
:: Husband and wife team Mike and Debbie Schramer craft a magical world in their artistic creations. Both struggled with depression in their youth and, according to Mike, their artistic intuition significantly grew in the early months of their marriage. After finishing treatments for depression, they would walk together in the woods and ask 'Why couldn't we live in that kind of gentle world?' With nature as their inspiration, Mike and Debbie created a fairy world from all natural materials including sea shells, flowers, moss, and stones. Fairy Tree House was a multi-decade project and is made entirely of found objects from nature.
"Maybe we are expanding the definition of art because what we're interested in is inspiring creativity – not necessarily in art at all but more in the way people think. Maybe fringe art is not the right word. I think in terms of people who are ‘fringe’ – those who report from the edge, they basically expand the boundary. If you look back at their thinking, usually that becomes the accepted norm for the next phase of evolution. And if you look at the dance between sci-fi and the practice of technology and the artificial world now – we're in a time when advancement is very fast. What's nice [about art] is that more people are invited to the party than ever before." - AVAM Founder and Director Rebecca Alban Hoffberger