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Steven Markussen

County: King County



Grants for Artist Projects 2017
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Steven Markussen creates work about making social connection though objects made with his hands. There is a created and natural texture to each surfaces of his work that engages you. His works are pared-down structures made from natural and industrial materials. This frequently includes plaster, wood, wood ash, concrete, burlap, and varnish, layered or assembled in such a way to create texture, weight, and balance.

His current work is inspired by social challenges. This work is about expressing his attachment to a social challenge in subtle forms and brief messages buried in the work. In speaking about his paintings and sculpture, Steven says, “I hope this work reads as a personal impact statement.”

Steven received 2017 GAP Award funding for a series of paintings and sculpture based on how challenging survival is for the working poor. He will also use the funding to develop a professional website.

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