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Claus, Elke

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Elke Claus holds a BFA from Rutgers University and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute, both with a concentration in printmaking. She has extended her research abroad at print shops in Berlin (Kunstlerhaus Bethanien) and Trier (Academie der Bildene Kunst), Germany. Her artwork has been shown in several juried exhibits and in four solo shows in the Chicago area. Currently, she teaches high school students at Anchor Graphics. Her experience includes teaching college/adult level courses at Columbia, Elgin Community College and the Suburban Fine Arts Center.

For the past 14 years, I have been developing my own artistic style and techniques through the prints I have been making. After researching illustrations of the unseeablee (for example: satellite orbits, sound waves, atomic reactions, etc.) from old science textbooks; I then copy, alter, and expose these onto plates. These are then layered with translucent, florescent and metallic inks onto stressedd, stained and/or handmade paper. My goal is to create art that combines mechanical reproduction with a handmade touch. More specifically, these collages and prints are meant to evoke space age style with old-fashioned craftsmanship.
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