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Mixed Media

Ilse Coffman

About The Artist

Ilse Coffman | MIXED MEDIA

I am a mixed-media artist, educator, former children’s art studio owner and designer.

My art depicts the familiar in a fresh and distilled way— home, still life and figures in repose. Fruit that represents the womb, tables laden with food waiting for family to return.

The primitive, paper works are made using ink on a wet surface, resulting in fractured batik-like lines, a rich matte-finish paint enhances the flatness of the simple shapes which also incorporate ancient and ethnic inspired pattern used in a modern way.

The daughter of artist parents, I grew up in Northern California in the 60's and 70's, immersed in the arts—pottery, textiles, tribal arts and furniture design. This upbringing, along with many years working with children and playing with every medium you can imagine, informed my esthetic, naive with a feminine / mother driven narrative.

My current / personal art practice came to me later in life but, has been a lifetime in the making.

I live in Portland, Oregon, surrounded by family and two curious yellow labs.

Thank you for your curiosity.

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  • Feb 29, 2024, 10:00 AM – Mar 03, 2024, 5:00 PM
    La Quinta Civic Center, 78495 Calle Tampico, La Quinta, CA 92253, USA
    Jury-selected, world-class artists from across the nation and globe exhibiting their original artworks. Stunning La Quinta Civic Center venue, enthusiastic art patrons, best in class artists, unsurpassed community support and event staff who are committed to providing a VIP experience.

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