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Sharon Que: Building with Found Materials
“Everything is a building block, I don’t plan things out,” says Sharon Que, an Ann Arbor artist. “I love what materials do, the way they break.”
Que is a what she calls a “found material” artist. She primarily works with scrap materials she finds and then recrafts into a piece—like using found metal to construct a sculpture. This is different from a “found object” artist, who usually does minimal manipulation to an object after they found it.
Jill Wagner: Chasing Light
“I like to drive around until I see something that is breathtaking, and then I paint it,” says Jill Wagner, an Ann Arbor artist who specializes in plein air painting.
Wagner is attracted to this style of painting because of its spontaneity and authenticity. “My whole goal is to paint what I see—to document what our lives are like right now.” She enjoys capturing a moment that is fleeting—preserving it through art.