Messengers, woodcut, 18 x 18 inches, 2021
Wendy Osterweil (MFA, University of Wisconsin-Madison) is a printmaker/textile artist who exhibits her artwork nationally. Wendy has taught art for over 35 years in a variety of venues including: universities, schools, artist residencies, workshops, community arts and after school programs. Additionally, Wendy teaches professional art education development. She co-founded Prints Link Philadelphia in 2009. Retired from her Associate Professor position at Tyler School of Art/Temple University, she is now a full-time textile artist and has a studio at Herman Street Studios in the Germantown section of Philadelphia.
About Messengers Wendy writes:
Messengers grew out of a dream journal I kept during the pandemic. Other salient images in this print come from living in Rome for 7 months in 2013. In that city, as in many Italian cities and towns, angels in art and architecture are ever-present in the streets, in the churches, and in the museums. I think of angels as passengers, transports between worlds, between life and death. They hover like birds as watchful sentries. Couple these influences with caring for my aging 93-year-old mother; death becomes that much closer and personal.