Gather the Folds of This Veil and Scatter Them was a collaborative installation by John Siblik and Elissa Cox Wenthe investigating "visual poetry in both the human body and the landscape."
University of Northern Iowa Art Gallery
Cedar Falls, IA 2015
Above and Beneath
Above & Beneath, 2012 Solo exhibition at Steckline Gallery, Wichita, KS branches, leather, thread (three-dimensional works) ink, watercolor, thread, latex on paper (two-dimensional works)
pulling. reaching. longing
pulling.reaching.longing, 2011 Solo installation at The International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago, IL latex, branches, wood, paint
lillies that fester smell far worse than weeds
Lilies that fester smell far worse than weeds, 2009
When looking at a person one has two possibilities of looking: the look of outside and the look of inside. This perspective proves that nothing is final; nothing is so simple or black and white. In my installation, Lilies that fester smell far worse than weeds, I am examining the close proximity of beauty and the grotesque. When looking at another we are always comparing our body to that of the other. Are we beautiful, ugly, or somewhere in between…what determines beauty?
The mysterious geography of the interiors and exteriors of our bodies and that of nature have a very similar juxtaposition. It is this unique way in which I find paradoxes in nature and the body, and how they distort, control, and finally conquer or submit to a disease or parasite.
In using a broad range of materials I evoke a sense of beauty and that of a raw grotesqueness living in harmony. With this paradox I ask my audience to examine their own aesthetics values and determine how they might be attracted yet repulsed, simultaneously. Creating a dialog that engages and heightens the senses along with individual gut reactions.
They that have power to hurt and will do none, That do not do the thing they most do show, Who, moving others, are themselves as stone, Unmoved, cold, and to temptation slow, They rightly do inherit heaven’s graces And husband nature’s riches from expense; They are the lords and owners of their faces, Others but stewards of their excellence. The summer’s flower is to the summer sweet, Though to itself it only live and die, But if that flower with base infection meet, The basest weed outbraves his dignity: For sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds; Lilies that fester smell far worse than weeds.
Seep, 2008 Installation at New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, New Harmony, IN mixed media; 22′ x 40′
Shed, 2008 Installation at 621 Gallery, Tallahassee, FL; three-person show with Tannaz Farsi & Petra Kralickova latex, flocking, wooden beads, branches, string, light gels, horse hair
from hither to thither
From Hither to Thither, 2008 Installation at Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY mixed media; 29′ x 20′
Erratic Swellings (MFA Thesis Exhibition), 2007 Ohio University Art Gallery – Seigfred Hall mixed media installation