Voices: A Sculptural Book, inspired by the "Dictionary of American Regional English."

February 01 2014 - March 23 2014
“Voices” is inspired by The Dictionary of American Regional English, a multi-volume work of linguistic research. TheD.A.R.E. celebrates our interconnectedness through language and the linguistic evolution in America that has resulted from the co-mingling of diverse cultures and ethnicities. This installation will function as a sculptural book, whose pages consist of more than 400 highly-polished, cast-brass and cast-bronze tongues mounted on waist-high rods bent to resemble wheat blowing in the wind. Each tongue features a word and its definition selected from D.A.R.E. The text is sandblasted into the surface of the tongues creating an indentation in the cast metal that can be felt when touched. The tongues are installed throughout the museum space allowing multiple viewers to walk through and interact with the piece simultaneously. The tongues will sway as viewers touch and move through them. The piece explores the idea that America’s strength and potential lies in its rich diversity of ethnicities and cultures.

About the Artists: Keven Brunett and Kristin Thielking

Keven Brunett received both his BFA and MFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Kristin Thielking received her BA from Brown University and her MFA from U.W. Madison. They work collaboratively and individually in a variety of materials from the ephemeral to cast iron and have worked together on numerous permanent indoor and outdoor sculptural installations, including a Wisconsin Percent for Art commission. Keven and Kristin exhibit their work widely and have attended a number of artist residency programs including the John Michael Kohler Arts/Industry residency. They both teach at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point and are very involved in the development and expansion of the BA/BFA program in sculpture, glass, environmental installation and public art at the UWSP Department of Art and Design.

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