Faculty portfolios

  • Ode to W. Haldane (Pearl + Ottawa), 16 x 16 x 8'. Wooden furniture, 1930s workbench, grandfather's toolbelt, father's vise.
    Ode to W. Haldane (Pearl + Ottawa), 16 x 16 x 8'. Wooden furniture, 1930s workbench, grandfather's toolbelt, father's vise.
  • parlance, 30 x 33 x 5", found commercial signage, vinyl.
    parlance, 30 x 33 x 5", found commercial signage, vinyl.
  • lock, 29.5 x 26.5 x 4", found commercial signage, vinyl.
    lock, 29.5 x 26.5 x 4", found commercial signage, vinyl.
  • channel I, 30.5 x 63.5 x 4.5", vinyl, wood.
    channel I, 30.5 x 63.5 x 4.5", vinyl, wood.
  • Tower of Babble V, 40 x 12 x 6", found commercial signage, vinyl.
    Tower of Babble V, 40 x 12 x 6", found commercial signage, vinyl.
  • pause I, 12.5 x 20 x 3", found commercial signage.
    pause I, 12.5 x 20 x 3", found commercial signage.

Cheryl Wassenaar

Associate Professor

Phone: 
314-935-9292

Bixby 215

Campus Box 1031
Biography 

Cheryl Wassenaar is a visual artist who investigates language as a system of meaning that is dependent upon arrangement and context. She works primarily with found commercial signage, repurposing the discarded wood into visual metaphors of failed communication that borrow from the language of modernist painting, contemporary advertising, and technology. Merging aspects of graphic design, painting, and sculpture, the work evokes visual stutters of sounds, ideas, and data. Repetition, shifted grids, and horizontal bands allude to structures of communication, made inept through technology glitches, overlapping conversations, acronyms, and verbal filler. Her latest body of work uses signmaker's vinyl to activate environments in site-specific work, often collaborating with a writer or poet. Wassenaar also researches and gives lectures on the visual and cultural impact of color.

Wassenaar earned her BFA from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI, and her MFA from the University of Cincinnati. Her work is exhibited nationally and internationally, appearing in over fifty group and solo exhibitions. Her corporate commissions include Camden Real Estate headquarters in Houston, Fidelity Investments in Boston, and the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art. Recent exhibitions include Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Bradley University, and fort gondo compound for the arts. Her work was featured on three book covers and selected for Studio Visit 2009 and the quarterly Midwest 2002: New American Painters, published by Open Studios Press. Wassenaar is currently represented by LongView Gallery in Washington, D.C.