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In this issue we feature Sheboygan-based artist, Zak Worth. Zak was born and raised in Sheboygan. Art has always been important to him. Growing up, he was fortunate to be surrounded by family and friends in the Midwest who were passionate about aesthetics, and encouraged him in his creative endeavors. In high school, he had an art teacher, Carol Rokicki, who showed him the importance of persisting in the constant creation of artwork, and in taking the time to explore his surroundings closely to discover hidden detail and dimension.
In the past year, his work has been exhibited in many group and solo shows in the Midwest, and has been used for album covers for musicians in Europe and the United States. He has been commissioned for pieces for personal collections, and has participated in group shows and art fairs in California.
Zak writes, “Landscapes, both urban and natural, inspire much of the work I do. The juxtaposition between the busy make up of man-made environments and the flow of organic systems is a point of fascination for me. The rigidity of city lines and fluidity of nature seem to be in opposition, but I enjoy discovering their ties to each other as it unfolds through their complex fractal-like patterns and sophisticated structures. I also have a strong appreciation for native rituals and the ornate styles prominent at the turn of the 20th century.
I draw picture planes that create multiple layers and depict abstract views of dimension. Structure is developed by creating intricate planes of dimension, and layering them on one another in order to form a densely woven tapestry of images. I use many mediums in my work, including painting, drawing, and collage. Currently, I am working on a series of drawings that layer pen and ink over paint marker.
My art comes not from one direct topic or experience, but from a collection of ideas and experiences that are ever evolving. I use observations of people and the environment around me. I also like to follow current culture and events, which helps inform my work. Music has a huge influence on my work, and I closely follow a number of musicians to draw inspiration from their creative medium.
There are many ways I have been inspired to create. Experimentation is key. Through experimentation, I have been able to practice and develop many new methods and mediums to work in. I believe the most sincere and captivating ideas are established before the entry of critical thought. Therefore, creating rapidly, prolifically, with a sense of utmost urgency allows for an evolution of ideas to come to the surface before the corruption of reason has time to imbed itself.
All images copyright of the artist and used with permission.