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April Featured Artist: Shelli Markee

Shelli Markee's wire sculptures have been a Click! staple since we first came to the Alaska Junction eight years ago. If you've been in our shop you've surely noticed her wire birds and botanical forms lining our walls. Most recently, she's created a series of tabletop sculpture that combines her signature wire work with paper clay, paint and grounding elements of wood and rock.

Catch up with Shelli on Thursday 4.11.19 from 5-8p during West Seattle Art Walk and view the collection in store during the entire month of April.


How would you describe what you make?

The work I do is best described as drawing with steel wire. Almost like a contour drawing with pencil and paper. I have been exploring this single idea and have found that it is limitless in its possibilities. This new batch of work I am adding a new element that is recognizable and combining it with wire forms. I am using paper clay and enamel paint as my added element.

What drew you to this medium and style of work?

Both of my grandfathers were blacksmiths. I think it is in my blood. There is something about the smell and the feel of the metal that draws me in.

I wonder if you know what I know is true
Can you tell us about your favorite piece in the current collection?

I really am excited about a few. I like the piece with three sculpted forms. Its called “ I wonder if you know what I know is true” I love the composition. It’s sparse and free feeling. It has movement that is exciting to me.

If you could collaborate with anyone (living or not), who would it be and why?

Alexander Calder. He was brilliant with simple metal forms and bringing them to life.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

When in doubt, think less.

Can you describe your favorite part of the process in your work?

I love watching a piece take form. I don’t sketch in a notebook much. I just start making shapes and it transforms in front of me.

When you are in the studio, what are you listening to?

I am told the music I like is dark depressing music. For some reason it makes me so happy. But my latest is the group Daughter.

What is your most treasured handmade possession?

Well I have many. I come from a family of makers and every piece from my boys work to my friends' work is treasured. That is a tough question.

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