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Barbara Mutscheller

313 Dahlia Drive
Sonoma, CA 95476, U.S.A.
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Phone: 14155969837

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 A self - taught sculptor from Sonoma California, Barbara earned an Associate Art Degree in Interior Design at the College of Dupage, Glen Ellyn, Il. She continued her education at PennState University with courses in Art History.

Began my career as a sculptor by apprenticing for a summer resident artist at the famous Chautauqua Institute in New York. Together we created larger-than-life size garden figures for“A Little Night Music,” a New York City Opera production at their summer home.

Barbara went on to own a community art gallery/studio in Mayville, NY before relocating to
northern California. She has continued to pursue her passion for the visual arts by working in
mosaics for a public art mosaic sculpture (Calico Cat) installed in Davis, CA. In September
2017, she installed the first in a series of sculptures, “Creatures of Prey Caught in Play,” in the San Juan Island Sculpture Park and Nature Reserve, Friday Harbor, Washington. Two more sculptures were added to this exhibit October 2018.
Artist’s Statement
Working with the cement medium that forms my sculptures conjures up childhood memories of backyard days making mud pies. Once considered play time gave birth and development to my creative spirit. Like the wet earth encasing my fingers and hands years ago, the tactile
sensations of cement led me to create, what I now consider my first sculpture. I now apply this soft, organic substance, inlaying fabric onto the wire skeleton of my subject. This process allows for fine detail and forms a hardened body ensuring endurance to my figures.
Creativity is my most efficient pathway to wonder, and wonder guides my soul. I keep moving, always opening up other creative channels, trying to reach inspiration any way possible. One of these channels includes travels to the Pacific Northwest and volunteering with the National Park Service. Through this course of wonderment I’ve developed a penchant for studying creatures in the wild and learning what it will take for them to survive. My current sculptures were inspired over the course of three years from these studies and include two bald eagles, an orca whaleand blue heron portrayed in their natural habitat.
At present I am designing three sculptures that will have metal and wire components added to cement forms. Growing up in Western Pennsylvania where steel was "king", I would often accompany my father a steel worker for over 50 years to the mill. I became mesmerized with the molten metal coming from the giant ovens. A lot happens when working in new mediums, with problem solving a large part of the process. My aim is for brave new inventions that will add vitality and fluid motion to these new works. These new sculptures will be infused with my personal exposure to life impacts and spiritual inclinations that will ask what good can my art do in this world.