The Granary Arts in Ephraim, Utah is hosting the exhibition, Evaporated: Explorations in Art, Science, and Salt by FSU Art MFA ’95 Wendy Wischer and geoscientist Brenda Bowen. They explore the intersections between art and science within the lure of the Bonneville Salt Flats, a vast and dynamic perennial salt pan in northwest Utah formed by evaporation.
The Bonneville Salt Flats is a vast and dynamic perennial salt pan in northwest Utah formed by the evaporation of the Pleistocene era Lake Bonneville. Spanning over 30,000 acres, it is a rapidly changing system responding to variations in rain, wind, evaporation, and groundwater flux; and to a century of land speed racing, potash mining, and recreation. There are intricate connections between the biophysical processes that allow the salt flats to exist, and the social fabric of those that value and utilize this landscape.
Wendy Wischer currently lives and works in Salt Lake City, Utah. She received an MFA from Florida State University in 1995 and a BFA from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 1993.
With investigations in a variety of media from sculptural objects, installations, video, sound and public works, Wischer focuses on artwork that highlights environmental issues and seeks to translate data into personal meaning. Through interdisciplinary research, often in collaboration with scientists and engineers, she addresses our environmental crisis in hopes of finding impactful ways to connect people more deeply with the environments they live in and each other. She is the recipient of numerous grants including the Pollock-Krasner Grant, the South Florida Consortium, the Florida Individual Artist Fellowship, the Utah Division of Arts & Museums Visual Arts Fellowship, and recently several research grants from the University of Utah where she is an Associate Professor in Sculpture Intermedia. Wendy has exhibited nationally and internationally including Spain, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Canada, Italy, and Israel. Her work is part of several public collections including the Perez Art Museum, Art Bank Art in Public Places Miami, Art in Public Places Miami Beach, the Boca Museum of Art in Baca Raton Florida, the Colorado State Art Collection, and the Utah Division of Arts & Museums Collection.