Star Gazing Ring with Orion and Taurus
Name: Martha Glowacki
City/State: Sauk City, WI
Sculpture: Star Gazing Ring with Orion and Taurus
I live and work in northwest Dane County, just over the glacial ridge that marks the beginning of the Driftless area. A segment of the Ice Age Trail winds along the ridge top. My studio looks out into the woods heading up the hillside towards the trail. Since I came to the Madison area to attend UW-Madison in the late 1960's, I have explored southwest Wisconsin's rural areas, camera in hand. The Driftless topography, vegetation, and coloration have become an integral part of my imagery. I have a longstanding fascination with celestial maps, the history of astronomy, and astronomical instruments. As a child, I learned to identify some of the major constellations in the northern hemisphere and still look forward to those cold winter nights when the bright stars in Orion’s belt stand out in the sky. I hope that the ring will frame some of the constellations as they ride across the sky over the Mississippi River this coming year.
Born and raised in Milwaukee, Martha Glowacki received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She currently lives and works in Roxbury, near Sauk City, Wisconsin. Before her retirement in 2015, Martha was director of the James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters.
Her work has been shown at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; the Milwaukee Art Museum; the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; the Chazen Museum of Art, Madison; and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, among others. Her work is in many collections, including the Chazen Museum, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. Recent solo exhibitions include Martha Glowacki’s Natural History, Observations and Reflections, at the Chazen Museum of Art, Madison (2017); Loca Miraculi: Rooms of Wonder, in the American Galleries at the Milwaukee Art Museum (2008—2014); If Only We Had Met: Six Stories, at the Racine Art Museum, Racine
Material: Steel pipe, found steel pieces (bicycle gears, circular sawblades, and agricultural implement gears)
Dimensions: 7 ft x 16 ft x 1.5 ft 70 lbs