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Frazee native’s sculpture selected for exhibit

Jessica Teckemeyer, who graduated from Frazee High School, was chosen to display her sculpture, ‘The Human Shadow,’ during the Art on the River Exhibition in Dubuque, Iowa. SUBMITTED PHOTO

A sculpture by Jessica Teckemeyer, Clarke University assistant professor of art and a native of Frazee, has been selected for the 2013 Art on the River Exhibition in Dubuque, Iowa.

The city of Dubuque announced the selection of 10 works of outdoor sculpture for the 2013 exhibition. In its eighth year, the temporary public art exhibit drew 79 entries from 47 artists from 18 states and one foreign country (Vienna, Austria).

Teckemeyer’s sculpture is titled “The Human Shadow.” It is a bronze cast sculpture representing a newborn whitetail deer in the shadow of a wolf.

“The head (of the deer) is visually distorted as if a slow motion blur has permanently morphed the physicality,” Teckemeyer said. “This frozen action attempts to convey confusion. The fawn has human-like eyes and smooth skin, rather than fur, to clue the viewer to the introspective nature.

“Ernest Hemingway stated, ‘all things truly wicked start from innocence.’ The statement implicates the murky depths of our unconscious mind. Over the last three and a half years, my research has focused on the dark and light side of personality. I am interested in the conflicted complexity of human behavior.

“Human behavior is driven by both innate instinctual reactions and culturally learned responses. Each person naturally develops a shadow beginning in childhood composed of repressed personality traits. Those traits were found to be unattractive by others and/or yourself.

“According to Carl Jung, the founder of analytical psychology, great potential waits to be retrieved in the shadow. Through translating a human experience into the form of an animal, we look at ourselves from another viewpoint.”

The works will be installed in front of the Grand River Center and along the Mississippi Riverwalk at the Port of Dubuque in July 2013, with an opening event set for Thursday, July 11, at 5 p.m. at the Grand River Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Teckemeyer maintains an active studio practice in Dubuque. She earned her master of fine arts degree from the University of Minnesota in May 2010 and her bachelor of fine arts degree at Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2004. Her work has been exhibited in 38 group exhibitions and featured in six solo shows.

Viewers in many cities have experienced the work, including Montevideo, Uruguay; New York; Santa Ana, Calif.; Chicago; Tallahassee, Fla.; Cincinnati; Minneapolis; and South Orange, N.J.

Recently she received second prize at the 27th Tallahassee International hosted at the Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts, the Three Dimensional Award at the 36th Annual Rock Island Fine Arts Exhibition at the Augustana College Art Museum, and an Iowa Arts Council Grant.

In the past five years, many cultural experiences have had lasting impact on Teckemeyer’s works. In November 2008, she traveled to Montevideo, Uruguay, as a visiting artist where she gave a lecture and displayed an installation.

She studied in New York City with University of Minnesota colleagues for three weeks in 2009. Later the same year, she also visited Venice, Florence, Pisa, and Rome.

Teckemeyer has fabricated sculptures for internationally known artist Siah Armajani since 2009. Prior to graduate school, she worked in the sculpting, mold making, and painting departments at “Tivoli Too” a 3D design and production studio located near Minneapolis.

Clarke University is a Catholic, liberal arts and sciences university dedicated to preparing students who positively impact their workplace, family and community. Academic offerings include more than 40 undergraduate liberal arts and pre-professional programs, a robust adult degree program and six graduate degree programs. 

Founded in 1843 by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Clarke is located near the Mississippi River in the thriving city of Dubuque, Iowa. It is the only BVM university in the country.