Printmaker Johanna Mueller creates etchings that elegantly weave cross-culture folklore as embodied in animals and archetypes.
As Johanna’s explains in her artist statement:
Driven by concept, steeped in symbolism, my work delves into the shared histories of humans, as told by animals. Borrowing from Native American, Aboriginal, Hindu, Buddhist, Biblical and other ancient cultural traditions, I find the similarities in story and symbol across cultures, and use animals to invigorate the sense of humanness. I seek to provide a sanctuary in my work where all are created equal, and by avoiding the human form, everyone is invited into my narrative, to project onto the animals their own story or emotion, providing endless meaning to each piece.
Johanna Mueller is a printmaker, artist and entrepreneur, born and raised in Denver, CO, now residing in Fort Collins, CO. She earned a BFA in printmaking from The Metropolitan University of Denver and an MFA in printmaking from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.
She has had the opportunity to speak to students about her work, the business of art, as well as demonstrate engraving methods at institutions, including:
- The University of Denver
- Vanderbilt University
- Bowling Green State University
- Bethel College
- Texas A&M University of Corpus Christi
And many more.
Johanna is a recipient of the Laila Twigg Smith Artist Residency Program at the Donkey Mill Arts Center, in Kona, HI, the Jentel Artist Residency in Banner, WY and an Anderson Ranch Artist Residency in Snowmass, CO.
Find more of her work at johannamuellerprints.com.
Johanna Mueller’s prints were on display October 3–October 31, 2017. Small edition prints are still available at Artwork Network through December 31. Inquire now →