Alice Steuck Konkel
An Art Therapist and educator for 38 years, I have spent most of my career facilitating and promoting the work of others. In working with young children, High School aged children, adults of all ages, including geriatric populations who have used art as a means to express themselves; I have learned to “eat my own cooking.” I mean, I use art as a means to self expression, to cope with stress and manage life experiences. My most recent populations included veterans who are recovering from alcohol and drug addiction, depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other mental health issues.
I have been an avid gardener for most of my life. My father was an organic gardener and the beauty of God’s creation was always around us, either in our small urban yard or in his propensity to gift my mother one beautiful floating begonia in a bowl for the breakfast table. I have also been an avid cook and baker all of my life. My mother made all of her baked goods from scratch and would hand off a bit of dough. From my earliest memories I was encouraged to roll and form pliable masses of stuff into forms that could be baked and enjoyed.
So, it has come that my primary medias tend to be clays in ceramic, polymer and precious metal. I am at home with the acquiescent and malleable choices of these clays which have a mind of their own but respond to my suggestions. I try to keep from making my offerings look too contrived or finished—with a bit of spontaneous surprise—as happens in my own garden with its numerous volunteers and unlikely companions of birds, flowers, mammals, herbs, artwork and veggies enjoying the same spaces.
It has only been in recent years that I have shown any of my own work. I am a member of an artist’s collaborative, San Remy Gallery. It is located in the Marshall building in Milwaukee’s third ward. I have shown at a few local art shows, such as at the Milwaukee Artists Market at the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Charles Allis Art Museum and at the Frolics Festival of Arts, in Bay View. I have been a long time member of the Bay View Arts Guild and am a graduate of Mount Mary University.