Event Details

by Heather F. Wetzel

Friday, August 31, 2018 through Friday, October 19, 2018
Wellington & Muranyi Galleries
1315 11th Street, Monroe


This series of ferrotypes titled Salvage is made using the tops and bottoms of recycled cans. By using a circular format of varying diameters, these photogenic drawings become little worlds. The plant material used to create the imagery indicates growth, biodiversity, and potential regeneration.

Salvage is constantly growing. As the artist continues to explore ideas of biodiversity, mono-crop culture, and genetically modified crops, and the science and controversy surrounding the topic, Salvage adapts. Salvage now includes small constructed landscapes, using the smooth can walls of many of the cans collected for this body of work. These landscapes utilize the same botanical materials used in the making of the circular plates, and continue to manipulate the chemicals in the wet plate collodion process. Wetzel comments, "Taking a moment to step back and look at the landscape from a different perspective offers a renewed appreciation of the beauty of our planet and the need to be better stewards of the environment."

Click HERE to read the artist statement and additional information about ferrotypes

Wetzel is an artist working in historic photographic processes, hand papermaking, and book arts. She is currently a Lecturer in the Art Department, and Book Arts Specialist at Logan Elm Press at The Ohio State University where she was the 2011-2012 Post MFA Fergus Family Fellow in Photography. She earned her Master of Arts & Humanities from Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania, and her Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies from the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York. Prior to coming to The Ohio State University, she completed the University of Iowa Center for the Book Graduate Certificate in Book Arts Technologies in 2011. She is a 2012 Photolucida Critical Mass Finalist, as well as a semifinalist and The Print Center's Honorary Council Award of Excellence winner in The Print Center's 87th International Competition. Her work has been widely exhibited, and can be found at the Anzenberger Gallery in Vienna Austria, as well as in multiple collections.

Friday, August 31, 2018 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Gallery Talk: 5:30 pm

Monroe Arts Center gallery exhibitions and opening receptions are free and open to the public.

This exhibit has been made possible by Mike and Shelley Muranyi; Pete Guenther and Barb Woodriff; Lee and Chris Knuteson; The Monroe Clinic; Don Amphlett and Jan Johnson; and Chuck and Chris Wellington.