Tempe Festival of the Arts
Tempe Festival of the Arts

Kari von Wening - Spring 2011

Kari found her calling early on by gluing leaves to her school dress and creating an “assemblage” on her mother’s dining room table by covering it in Smokey the Bear decals. Her life education includes sculpting cakes in a well known bakery Cake and Art and opened her own bakery, Takes the Cake in Pasadena and produced all kinds of edible sculpture. She burned out on buttercream and eventually found her passion in metal art. She was more drawn to the physicality of her intaglio zinc plates than to the prints they created. She began pop-riveting used printing plates together forming sculptural objects and gravitated to scrap metal, which offered creative choices in surface texture, color, and form. The history of found metal is revealed in its torn disintegrating edges, pitted surfaces, natural patinas, and play of the elements. Remnant shapes and surfaces bring another layer of content to her work, a synthesis of her vision and the inherent personality of the found piece or object. She received her M.A. in intaglio and an M.F.A. in sculpture at U.C.L.A.