Stephen Palmer

Stephen Palmer
Artist: Stephen Palmer
Business: Running Dog Studio
From: Traverse City, MI
Medium: 3D Mixed Media
Booth: 401
Biography:
After years of working in fused glass, I’ve been drawn to another unique form of art; wired wall sculptures. These frequently take the shape of fish made from old wooden crutches, paddles, and vintage objects that are then wrapped with wire. Each named creation has unique form, features and character. My first fish included saw blades for a mouth and screwdrivers for a fin. It won $1000 and third place in the 2011 Michigan Fine Arts Competition. Since then my fish have won Second Place Crooked Tree Arts Center, Second Place in mixed media at Coconut Grove Art Festival (2019, $1000 prize), Honorable Mentions, and other awards. They have continued to evolve and to make their way into many homes and galleries. I was born in Berkeley, California and raised by a poet and a painter, so it was in my blood to become an artist. One of my earliest memories is of my mom painting by the ocean, using our car as an easel. Even though I have worked in a variety of materials, I came back to the ocean, frequently making mixed media fish. For The Art of Being Undone, I decided to use the human form for my piece, “Sheriff Hoaster.”
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