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"Hypothalymus," mixed media work by Maria Sippola
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Editor’s Note: New mixed media pieces by Maria Sippola are on display this month at The Artist’s Mercantile, 720 Cooper Ave. An artist’s reception takes place from 6-8 p.m. today. Call 947-0947 for more information.

Occupation: Owner, The Artist’s MercantileWhat inspired you to pursue art? I have always been artistic, since I was very young. I spent a majority of my childhood surrounded by crayons, paint, paper, scissors, tape, glue … anything I could get my hands on. As I got older I was the kid who doodled during class and practically lived in the art room in high school and college. So it was a natural progression to just keep doing it as an adult. Most memorable moment so far in your career: I don’t know that I have just one. Every time I complete a piece that is particularly satisfying to create, the work itself is memorable.

What’s your favorite subject to paint, and why? I love the human form and animal forms. I like to create emotion or condition in my work rather than place or history, and they are fascinating subjects to use in an attempt to convey these abstract ideas. Which three artists, living or dead, would you like to spend a weekend working with? You know, I am so fond of many artists’ work, but who I would be most interested in spending time with would be artists who do not work in a medium familiar to me, but do convey the themes of the human condition. So I’d have to say Woody Allen, E.E. Cummings, and Mozart. I’d love to discuss what the process of creation is like in other artistic mediums. If you could only have one piece of art in your living room, what would it be? A Mark Rothko. Simplistic in it’s composition, yet full of life and emotion. Describe your work in one word: Ambitious



Medium: Mixed Color: Earthy onesMovie: I am a movie fanatic … but ONE of my favorites is “I Heart Huckabees”Cartoon character: Fry from “Futurama”Summer fruit: BlueberriesOutdoor activity: Biking

Song/musician: Will OldhamArt museum in the world: So far, the Art Institute in ChicagoWoman in history: I admire and respect many, like Virginia Woolf and Frida Kahlo Spot to paint in Garfield County: In my studioPlace in Colorado: Any spot on the Crystal RiverChildhood memory: All the time spent running around in the woods in Minnesota as a kidWords to live by: “Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.” – Thomas Edison


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