The Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary has selected sculptor Mollie Oblinger of Ripon, Wis., as its 2012 Artist in Residence. Oblinger will arrive in Alpena on May 15 and stay until June 5.
"I think Mollie is a perfect fit for the Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary's artist-in-residence program," said Karen Magness-Eubank, an AWS volunteer and coordinator for the project. "Much of her art focuses on that which is hidden, unseen and vulnerable, often exploring the natural world using the tools of science."
In her artist's statement, Oblinger writes: "The overlooked, whether teeming underfoot or concealed by modern society, is at the center of my work. I pluck imagery from my interest in animal tunnels, cellular anatomy and vulnerability. Shifting between the micro and the macro, I seek to bring out the hidden."
While in Alpena, Oblinger will be conducting the necessary research for her work, which will be completed when she returns to Wisconsin. She will also present an artist talk at the Alpena County Library sometime during her stay.
Oblinger is the second artist in residence for the Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary, a program which began last year with the visit of Catherine Jennings, a landscape painter from New Mexico. The goal of the residency is to develop a museum-quality collection of fresh-water themed art that will eventually hang in the proposed River Center.
Oblinger's portfolio can be viewed by going to www.alpena.mi.us/wildlife sanctuary board and clicking on "Mollie Oblinger 2012 Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary Artist in Residence."