Natural History Arts
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She Won't Stay Gone

She Won't Stay Gone

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2018, all rights reserved.

Graphite & ink on paper, 6 x 8"

$200 unframed

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Most Secret:  The Discovery of the Instructions

Most Secret: The Discovery of the Instructions

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2018, all rights reserved. Photo by Jerry Mathiason.

Graphite & oil graphite on paper, 40 x 30"

$2500 unframed

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Sentinel #1

Sentinel #1

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2018, all rights reserved.

Graphite on paper

$300 unframed

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Stratagem #1

Stratagem #1

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2018, all rights reserved.

Oil graphite & white pencil on brown paper

$300 unframed

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Take That Back Outside

Take That Back Outside

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2018, all rights reserved. Photo by Jerry Mathiason.

Graphite & aluminum leaf on paper

$325 unframed

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Can We Forgive Them?

Can We Forgive Them?

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2018, all rights reserved. Photo by Jerry Mathiason.

Graphite on paper

$275 unframed

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Essential Components of Lake Superior

Essential Components of Lake Superior

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2018, all rights reserved. Photo by Jerry Mathiason.

Graphite & colored pencil on vintage ledger paper and vellum, 11 x 14.75"

$500 unframed

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Three Is Sometimes Five

Three Is Sometimes Five

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2018, all rights reserved.

Oil graphite & white pencil on paper, 9 x 12"

$300 unframed

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Homing Devices #1 (Snowy Owl Egg)

Homing Devices #1 (Snowy Owl Egg)

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2018, all rights reserved.

Graphite on paper, 6 x 8"

$200 unframed

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Not What You Think

Not What You Think

[installation view]

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2018, all rights reserved.

Graphite on vintage ledger paper

$500 unframed

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Popcorn for Mrs. Leary

Popcorn for Mrs. Leary

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2016, all rights reserved.

Graphite & colored pencil on vintage ledger paper, 9.5 x 7.75"

$400 framed

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Disguised

Disguised

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2017, all rights reserved. Photo by Jerry Mathiason.

Graphite on vellum, 9.5 x 9.5"

$450 framed

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Protection Series

Keeping oneself safe from harm is critical to all living beings. Plants and animals have all sorts of amazing adaptations for self-protection, from poisonous venoms to dramatic coloration that wards off predators. As endlessly creative human beings, we often go beyond what’s necessary (nuclear bombs) or craft odd, illusory forms of protection such as tinfoil hats, masks, blindfolds, conjuring and magical thinking. We use these tools to create a sense of safety, to find a way out of a tight space, or to frighten off someone else who might pose a threat. Where and how do we feel safe, and is that safety real or imagined?

Courageous

Courageous

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2017, all rights reserved.

Colored pencil on Mylar, 10 x 7.5"

$350 framed

Limited edition prints available, $75

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Protection Series

Keeping oneself safe from harm is critical to all living beings. Plants and animals have all sorts of amazing adaptations for self-protection, from poisonous venoms to dramatic coloration that wards off predators. As endlessly creative human beings, we often go beyond what’s necessary (nuclear bombs) or craft odd, illusory forms of protection such as tinfoil hats, masks, blindfolds, conjuring and magical thinking. We use these tools to create a sense of safety, to find a way out of a tight space, or to frighten off someone else who might pose a threat. Where and how do we feel safe, and is that safety real or imagined?

Advice From the Enchanted Forest, Part Four

Advice From the Enchanted Forest, Part Four

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2018, all rights reserved. Photo by Jerry Mathiason.

Graphite on paper 22 x 23"

Private collection

Advice From the Enchanted Forest, Part Two

Advice From the Enchanted Forest, Part Two

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2017, all rights reserved. Photo by Jerry Mathiason.

Graphite on paper, 11.5 x 8.5"

$450 framed

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We Decided to Meet Without You

We Decided to Meet Without You

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2018, all rights reserved. Photo by Jerry Mathiason.

Graphite on paper

$1200 framed

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You Won't Know

You Won't Know

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2015, all rights reserved. Photo by Jerry Mathiason.

Graphite on Canson vellum, 10.75 x 9.75"

$450 framed

Limited edition prints available, $75

Click here for purchasing information

Protection Series

Keeping oneself safe from harm is critical to all living beings. Plants and animals have all sorts of amazing adaptations for self-protection, from poisonous venoms to dramatic coloration that wards off predators. As endlessly creative human beings, we often go beyond what’s necessary (nuclear bombs) or craft odd, illusory forms of protection such as tinfoil hats, masks, blindfolds, conjuring and magical thinking. We use these tools to create a sense of safety, to find a way out of a tight space, or to frighten off someone else who might pose a threat. Where and how do we feel safe, and is that safety real or imagined?

Just One Piece

Just One Piece

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2016, all rights reserved. Photo by Jerry Mathiason.

Graphite & watercolor on vintage ledger paper, 15 x 12.5"

$600 framed

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Gifts #1

Gifts #1

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2016, all rights reserved. Photo by Jerry Mathiason.

Graphite & watercolor on vintage ledger paper, 13 x 15"

$600 framed

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You Can't See Me

You Can't See Me

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2017, all rights reserved.

Colored pencil on Terraskin, 7 x 5"

$200 framed

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Protection Series

Keeping oneself safe from harm is critical to all living beings. Plants and animals have all sorts of amazing adaptations for self-protection, from poisonous venoms to dramatic coloration that wards off predators. As endlessly creative human beings, we often go beyond what’s necessary (nuclear bombs) or craft odd, illusory forms of protection such as tinfoil hats, masks, blindfolds, conjuring and magical thinking. We use these tools to create a sense of safety, to find a way out of a tight space, or to frighten off someone else who might pose a threat. Where and how do we feel safe, and is that safety real or imagined?

Conundrum #2

Conundrum #2

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2017, all rights reserved. Photo by Jerry Mathiason.

Graphite on paper, 22 x 30"

$1200 framed

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Early Indications of a Conspiracy, Part One

Early Indications of a Conspiracy, Part One

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2016, all rights reserved. Photo by Jerry Mathiason.

Charcoal & pastel on paper, 40 x 30"

$2500 unframed

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Early Indications of a Conspiracy, Part Two

Early Indications of a Conspiracy, Part Two

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2016, all rights reserved. Photo by Jerry Mathiason.

Charcoal & pastel on paper, 40 x 30"

$2500 unframed

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Early Indications of a Conspiracy, Part Three

Early Indications of a Conspiracy, Part Three

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2016, all rights reserved. Photo by Jerry Mathiason.

Charcoal & pastel on paper, 40 x 30"

$2500 unframed

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Conundrum #1

Conundrum #1

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2016, all rights reserved. Photo by Jerry Mathiason.

Graphite on paper, 19.5 x 27"

$1000 framed

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Advice From the Enchanted Forest, Part One

Advice From the Enchanted Forest, Part One

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2017, all rights reserved. Photo by Jerry Mathiason.

Graphite on paper, 14 x 11"

$550 framed

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Not Home

Not Home

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2015, all rights reserved. Photo by Jerry Mathiason.

Graphite, charcoal, carbon & pastel on Arnhem

22 x 14"

$1000 framed

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This drawing was featured in Minnesota Monthly Magazine as part of its article, "Best Art of 2016."

Surveillance Series

I’ve been thinking about how much we’re all under surveillance these days. There are cameras in so many places that much of the time we don’t even notice them anymore. Corporations keep track of what we buy and observe what we look at online. There are countless security cameras everywhere, which can be both good and bad. On the generally less sinister side of things, ordinary people are curious about other ordinary people and pay attention to what they do. Your neighbor probably knows when you’ve gotten new drapes for the windows; the mail carrier knows your politics; and the recycling collector surely notices when you’ve just thrown out a box for a brand new computer. The more you think about various forms of surveillance, the more you realize how very deeply entrenched in our lives they are.

It also occurred to me that we’re under observation by other living creatures, too. Birds and animals keep close eyes on us for their own safety and well-being. (At our house, they sit in the pine trees and watch for Food Guy to come and refill the feeders, and then run out to chow down the moment he’s back in the house). Are they watching us for other, mysterious reasons as well? Since we don’t understand their languages, we have no way of knowing. I love watching birds from my windows — but what are they thinking as they watch me? All living creatures must protect themselves from harm to survive, and that includes keeping an eye on the neighbors.

Shrimp Lo Mein

Shrimp Lo Mein

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2015, all rights reserved. Photo by Jerry Mathiason.

Charcoal & graphite on paper, 15 x 22"

$1000 framed

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Surveillance Series

I’ve been thinking about how much we’re all under surveillance these days. There are cameras in so many places that much of the time we don’t even notice them anymore. Corporations keep track of what we buy and observe what we look at online. There are countless security cameras everywhere, which can be both good and bad. On the generally less sinister side of things, ordinary people are curious about other ordinary people and pay attention to what they do. Your neighbor probably knows when you’ve gotten new drapes for the windows; the mail carrier knows your politics; and the recycling collector surely notices when you’ve just thrown out a box for a brand new computer. The more you think about various forms of surveillance, the more you realize how very deeply entrenched in our lives they are.

It also occurred to me that we’re under observation by other living creatures, too. Birds and animals keep close eyes on us for their own safety and well-being. (At our house, they sit in the pine trees and watch for Food Guy to come and refill the feeders, and then run out to chow down the moment he’s back in the house). Are they watching us for other, mysterious reasons as well? Since we don’t understand their languages, we have no way of knowing. I love watching birds from my windows — but what are they thinking as they watch me? All living creatures must protect themselves from harm to survive, and that includes keeping an eye on the neighbors.

Don't Look

Don't Look

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2015, all rights reserved.  Photo by Jerry Mathiason.

Graphite on Canson vellum, 9.75 x 9.75"

Private collection

Limited edition prints available, $75

 

Protection Series

Keeping oneself safe from harm is critical to all living beings. Plants and animals have all sorts of amazing adaptations for self-protection, from poisonous venoms to dramatic coloration that wards off predators. As endlessly creative human beings, we often go beyond what’s necessary (nuclear bombs) or craft odd, illusory forms of protection such as tinfoil hats, masks, blindfolds, conjuring and magical thinking. We use these tools to create a sense of safety, to find a way out of a tight space, or to frighten off someone else who might pose a threat. Where and how do we feel safe, and is that safety real or imagined?

Come Back Here With That

Come Back Here With That

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2015, all rights reserved. Photo by Jerry Mathiason.

Graphite on Stillman & Birn Zeta, 11 x 27"

$1200 framed

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Come Back Here With That

I’m fascinated by bumblebees, so I took a class from the U’s Bee Squad and found out all sorts of interesting things. Bumblebees are northern creatures. They have thick hair and antifreeze in their blood, and can actually buzz around working in temperatures just below freezing. We have 19 species of them in Minnesota, most of which are not easy to distinguish from each other (believe me, I tried). Bumblebees are incredibly important pollinators. In fact, they’re more efficient at pollinating certain plants than honeybees are. You can thank bumblebees for blueberries, cranberries, squash and melons.

Bumblebees are fun to draw. I love the way they hang in the air like tiny, fuzzy zeppelins. They’re smart, and most of the species here in our state are not aggressive — no need to run and scream when you see one. To my mind, they naturally lend themselves to the creation of visual narratives, and easily become characters in small dramas of my own devising.

The lone bee in this drawing is flying as fast as she can to get away from the others, who mean to steal her list. Yes, this bee is female. See the wide sections on on her back legs? Pollen baskets. Only the females have them. I did learn something in that class even if I still can’t tell a Bombus pensylvanicus from a Bombus auricomus.

Untranslated

Untranslated

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2015, all rights reserved.

Graphite on paper, 18 x 7"

$500 framed

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Scattered

Scattered

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2015, all rights reserved.  

Graphite on vintage ledger paper, 5 x 4"

SOLD

Red-Tailed Hawk Variations

Red-Tailed Hawk Variations

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2014, all rights reserved.

Graphite on vintage ledger paper, 11 x 9"

SOLD

Ledger Paper Series

I enjoy working with found papers, including these pages from an accounting ledger that was serious business to someone in the 1970’s.  But how much does such a thing really matter within the larger context of our world?  Does it retain meaning once the company and people who worked there are gone?  Humans invest great importance in documents, yet they often have little regard for our irreplaceable natural world and feel free to scatter it with detritus and to destroy it in subtle and not-so-subtle ways.

In this series of drawings, I’ve juxtaposed often-unobserved creatures and natural objects with used ledger pages and text transcribed from found grocery lists.  These outdated documents form marks to which we are immediately drawn, and which offer enigmatic text and unsolvable puzzles.

Curiosity Cabinet #1:  Three Eggs & a Cootie Catcher

Curiosity Cabinet #1: Three Eggs & a Cootie Catcher

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2014, all rights reserved.

Graphite on Canson vellum, 11 x 14"

$600 framed

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Curiosity Cabinet #1: Three Eggs & a Cootie Catcher

Cabinets of curiosities were the first museums. People organized collections of objects in actual cabinets, or in rooms devoted to the purpose: natural objects, natural history fakes, archaeological finds, religious and historical relics, antiques and objets d’art. Humans just love to collect stuff and organize it and look at it and show it off.

This drawing is about my fascination with what I refer to as personal museums, the small curiosity cabinets we construct in our homes with found objects, souvenirs and inherited treasures. Even the most tidy and spartan people I know have at least one tiny collection of objects they couldn’t resist. Being neither tidy nor spartan, I have lots of collections. This particular one, however, exists only in the drawing. It reflects my fascination with the elusive beauty of birds’ eggs, and also gives a nod to something that I found to be mysterious when I was growing up: the cootie catcher. All the popular girls had them, but I wasn’t privy to the secret of how to fold one. The closest I got was taking a turn at having my fortune told. It was ages before I discovered that cootie catchers are actually easy to make. This was perhaps the first time I noticed the way that status often depends upon illusion and on the ability to make more of things than they actually are.

Ceremonial Equipment:  Turkey Bone as Mask

Ceremonial Equipment: Turkey Bone as Mask

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2014, all rights reserved.

Watercolor pencil on paper, 7 x 5"

$50 framed

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Crow and Raven Worry About Plaza Curve

Crow and Raven Worry About Plaza Curve

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2015, all rights reserved.

White pencil on paper, 6.75 x 17"

$500 framed

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No Dessert

No Dessert

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2014, all rights reserved. Photo by Jerry Mathiason.

Graphite on Stillman & Birn Zeta

$600 framed

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Grocery List Series

The grocery list obsession arises in part out of my love of food and cooking; I’m fascinated by what other people put in their carts at the store. I often try to memorize what folks in line are buying, if it’s interesting, to report on later at home. “The woman in front of me had nothing but fifteen giant bottles of grape soda and three bags of frozen fries!” It was a short step from that behavior to picking up abandoned lists from carts, the floor, the parking lot. I don’t care if someone sees me diving for a list and thinks I’m nuts. I love trying to figure out what menus people are planning based on their lists, and I enjoy the visual constructions, the handwriting, the scribbled out items, the organizational structure of each list. The small mysteries are irresistible, and as a whole, my collection of lists offers a picture of one tiny slice of contemporary life in our city.

Desert Power Struggle: Out of Blueberries

Desert Power Struggle: Out of Blueberries

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2014, all rights reserved. Photo by Jerry Mathiason.

Graphite on Stillman & Birn Zeta

$600 framed

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Grocery List Series

The grocery list obsession arises in part out of my love of food and cooking; I’m fascinated by what other people put in their carts at the store. I often try to memorize what folks in line are buying, if it’s interesting, to report on later at home. “The woman in front of me had nothing but fifteen giant bottles of grape soda and three bags of frozen fries!” It was a short step from that behavior to picking up abandoned lists from carts, the floor, the parking lot. I don’t care if someone sees me diving for a list and thinks I’m nuts. I love trying to figure out what menus people are planning based on their lists, and I enjoy the visual constructions, the handwriting, the scribbled out items, the organizational structure of each list. The small mysteries are irresistible, and as a whole, my collection of lists offers a picture of one tiny slice of contemporary life in our city.

I Know What I Saw (Ghost #1)

I Know What I Saw (Ghost #1)

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2016, all rights reserved.

Cotton embroidery floss on archival Dura-lar, approx. 72 x 20"

$5000

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A Small Botheration (Wee Ghost #1)

A Small Botheration (Wee Ghost #1)

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2016, all rights reserved.

Cotton embroidery floss on archival Dura-lar, 12 x 9"

$400

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Osprey Eggs with Erased List

Osprey Eggs with Erased List

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2014, all rights reserved.

Graphite on vintage ledger paper, 11 x 9"

$400 framed

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Ledger Paper Series

I enjoy working with found papers, including these pages from an accounting ledger that was serious business to someone in the 1970’s. But how much does such a thing really matter within the larger context of our world? Does it retain meaning once the company and people who worked there are gone? Humans invest great importance in documents, yet they often have little regard for our irreplaceable natural world and feel free to scatter it with detritus and to destroy it in subtle and not-so-subtle ways.

In this series of drawings, I’ve juxtaposed often-unobserved creatures and natural objects with used ledger pages and text transcribed from found grocery lists. These outdated documents form marks to which we are immediately drawn, and which offer enigmatic text and unsolvable puzzles.

The Science of the Bat's Head Root

The Science of the Bat's Head Root

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2014, all rights reserved.

Graphite on vintage ledger paper, 12 x 9.25"

$400 framed

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Ledger Paper Series

I enjoy working with found papers, including these pages from an accounting ledger that was serious business to someone in the 1970’s. But how much does such a thing really matter within the larger context of our world? Does it retain meaning once the company and people who worked there are gone? Humans invest great importance in documents, yet they often have little regard for our irreplaceable natural world and feel free to scatter it with detritus and to destroy it in subtle and not-so-subtle ways.

In this series of drawings, I’ve juxtaposed often-unobserved creatures and natural objects with used ledger pages and text transcribed from found grocery lists. These outdated documents form marks to which we are immediately drawn, and which offer enigmatic text and unsolvable puzzles.

Common Murre Variations

Common Murre Variations

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2014, all rights reserved.

Watercolor pencil & graphite on crumpled vintage ledger paper, 10 x 7.75"

SOLD

Red-tailed Hawk Eggs with Erased List

Red-tailed Hawk Eggs with Erased List

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2014, all rights reserved. 

Graphite on vintage ledger paper

SOLD

Just One Piece

Just One Piece

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2017, all rights reserved. Photo by Jerry Mathiason.

Graphite & watercolor on vintage ledger paper, 15 x 12.5"

$500 framed

She Won't Stay Gone

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2018, all rights reserved.

Graphite & ink on paper, 6 x 8"

$200 unframed

Click here for purchasing information

Most Secret: The Discovery of the Instructions

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2018, all rights reserved. Photo by Jerry Mathiason.

Graphite & oil graphite on paper, 40 x 30"

$2500 unframed

Click here for purchasing information

Sentinel #1

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2018, all rights reserved.

Graphite on paper

$300 unframed

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Stratagem #1

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2018, all rights reserved.

Oil graphite & white pencil on brown paper

$300 unframed

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Take That Back Outside

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2018, all rights reserved. Photo by Jerry Mathiason.

Graphite & aluminum leaf on paper

$325 unframed

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Can We Forgive Them?

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2018, all rights reserved. Photo by Jerry Mathiason.

Graphite on paper

$275 unframed

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Essential Components of Lake Superior

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2018, all rights reserved. Photo by Jerry Mathiason.

Graphite & colored pencil on vintage ledger paper and vellum, 11 x 14.75"

$500 unframed

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Three Is Sometimes Five

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2018, all rights reserved.

Oil graphite & white pencil on paper, 9 x 12"

$300 unframed

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Homing Devices #1 (Snowy Owl Egg)

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2018, all rights reserved.

Graphite on paper, 6 x 8"

$200 unframed

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Not What You Think

[installation view]

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2018, all rights reserved.

Graphite on vintage ledger paper

$500 unframed

Click here for purchasing information

Popcorn for Mrs. Leary

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2016, all rights reserved.

Graphite & colored pencil on vintage ledger paper, 9.5 x 7.75"

$400 framed

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Disguised

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2017, all rights reserved. Photo by Jerry Mathiason.

Graphite on vellum, 9.5 x 9.5"

$450 framed

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Protection Series

Keeping oneself safe from harm is critical to all living beings. Plants and animals have all sorts of amazing adaptations for self-protection, from poisonous venoms to dramatic coloration that wards off predators. As endlessly creative human beings, we often go beyond what’s necessary (nuclear bombs) or craft odd, illusory forms of protection such as tinfoil hats, masks, blindfolds, conjuring and magical thinking. We use these tools to create a sense of safety, to find a way out of a tight space, or to frighten off someone else who might pose a threat. Where and how do we feel safe, and is that safety real or imagined?

Courageous

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2017, all rights reserved.

Colored pencil on Mylar, 10 x 7.5"

$350 framed

Limited edition prints available, $75

Click here for purchasing information

Protection Series

Keeping oneself safe from harm is critical to all living beings. Plants and animals have all sorts of amazing adaptations for self-protection, from poisonous venoms to dramatic coloration that wards off predators. As endlessly creative human beings, we often go beyond what’s necessary (nuclear bombs) or craft odd, illusory forms of protection such as tinfoil hats, masks, blindfolds, conjuring and magical thinking. We use these tools to create a sense of safety, to find a way out of a tight space, or to frighten off someone else who might pose a threat. Where and how do we feel safe, and is that safety real or imagined?

Advice From the Enchanted Forest, Part Four

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2018, all rights reserved. Photo by Jerry Mathiason.

Graphite on paper 22 x 23"

Private collection

Advice From the Enchanted Forest, Part Two

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2017, all rights reserved. Photo by Jerry Mathiason.

Graphite on paper, 11.5 x 8.5"

$450 framed

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We Decided to Meet Without You

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2018, all rights reserved. Photo by Jerry Mathiason.

Graphite on paper

$1200 framed

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You Won't Know

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2015, all rights reserved. Photo by Jerry Mathiason.

Graphite on Canson vellum, 10.75 x 9.75"

$450 framed

Limited edition prints available, $75

Click here for purchasing information

Protection Series

Keeping oneself safe from harm is critical to all living beings. Plants and animals have all sorts of amazing adaptations for self-protection, from poisonous venoms to dramatic coloration that wards off predators. As endlessly creative human beings, we often go beyond what’s necessary (nuclear bombs) or craft odd, illusory forms of protection such as tinfoil hats, masks, blindfolds, conjuring and magical thinking. We use these tools to create a sense of safety, to find a way out of a tight space, or to frighten off someone else who might pose a threat. Where and how do we feel safe, and is that safety real or imagined?

Just One Piece

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2016, all rights reserved. Photo by Jerry Mathiason.

Graphite & watercolor on vintage ledger paper, 15 x 12.5"

$600 framed

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Gifts #1

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2016, all rights reserved. Photo by Jerry Mathiason.

Graphite & watercolor on vintage ledger paper, 13 x 15"

$600 framed

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You Can't See Me

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2017, all rights reserved.

Colored pencil on Terraskin, 7 x 5"

$200 framed

Click here for purchasing information

Protection Series

Keeping oneself safe from harm is critical to all living beings. Plants and animals have all sorts of amazing adaptations for self-protection, from poisonous venoms to dramatic coloration that wards off predators. As endlessly creative human beings, we often go beyond what’s necessary (nuclear bombs) or craft odd, illusory forms of protection such as tinfoil hats, masks, blindfolds, conjuring and magical thinking. We use these tools to create a sense of safety, to find a way out of a tight space, or to frighten off someone else who might pose a threat. Where and how do we feel safe, and is that safety real or imagined?

Conundrum #2

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2017, all rights reserved. Photo by Jerry Mathiason.

Graphite on paper, 22 x 30"

$1200 framed

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Early Indications of a Conspiracy, Part One

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2016, all rights reserved. Photo by Jerry Mathiason.

Charcoal & pastel on paper, 40 x 30"

$2500 unframed

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Early Indications of a Conspiracy, Part Two

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2016, all rights reserved. Photo by Jerry Mathiason.

Charcoal & pastel on paper, 40 x 30"

$2500 unframed

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Early Indications of a Conspiracy, Part Three

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2016, all rights reserved. Photo by Jerry Mathiason.

Charcoal & pastel on paper, 40 x 30"

$2500 unframed

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Conundrum #1

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2016, all rights reserved. Photo by Jerry Mathiason.

Graphite on paper, 19.5 x 27"

$1000 framed

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Advice From the Enchanted Forest, Part One

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2017, all rights reserved. Photo by Jerry Mathiason.

Graphite on paper, 14 x 11"

$550 framed

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Not Home

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2015, all rights reserved. Photo by Jerry Mathiason.

Graphite, charcoal, carbon & pastel on Arnhem

22 x 14"

$1000 framed

Click here for purchasing information

This drawing was featured in Minnesota Monthly Magazine as part of its article, "Best Art of 2016."

Surveillance Series

I’ve been thinking about how much we’re all under surveillance these days. There are cameras in so many places that much of the time we don’t even notice them anymore. Corporations keep track of what we buy and observe what we look at online. There are countless security cameras everywhere, which can be both good and bad. On the generally less sinister side of things, ordinary people are curious about other ordinary people and pay attention to what they do. Your neighbor probably knows when you’ve gotten new drapes for the windows; the mail carrier knows your politics; and the recycling collector surely notices when you’ve just thrown out a box for a brand new computer. The more you think about various forms of surveillance, the more you realize how very deeply entrenched in our lives they are.

It also occurred to me that we’re under observation by other living creatures, too. Birds and animals keep close eyes on us for their own safety and well-being. (At our house, they sit in the pine trees and watch for Food Guy to come and refill the feeders, and then run out to chow down the moment he’s back in the house). Are they watching us for other, mysterious reasons as well? Since we don’t understand their languages, we have no way of knowing. I love watching birds from my windows — but what are they thinking as they watch me? All living creatures must protect themselves from harm to survive, and that includes keeping an eye on the neighbors.

Shrimp Lo Mein

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2015, all rights reserved. Photo by Jerry Mathiason.

Charcoal & graphite on paper, 15 x 22"

$1000 framed

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Surveillance Series

I’ve been thinking about how much we’re all under surveillance these days. There are cameras in so many places that much of the time we don’t even notice them anymore. Corporations keep track of what we buy and observe what we look at online. There are countless security cameras everywhere, which can be both good and bad. On the generally less sinister side of things, ordinary people are curious about other ordinary people and pay attention to what they do. Your neighbor probably knows when you’ve gotten new drapes for the windows; the mail carrier knows your politics; and the recycling collector surely notices when you’ve just thrown out a box for a brand new computer. The more you think about various forms of surveillance, the more you realize how very deeply entrenched in our lives they are.

It also occurred to me that we’re under observation by other living creatures, too. Birds and animals keep close eyes on us for their own safety and well-being. (At our house, they sit in the pine trees and watch for Food Guy to come and refill the feeders, and then run out to chow down the moment he’s back in the house). Are they watching us for other, mysterious reasons as well? Since we don’t understand their languages, we have no way of knowing. I love watching birds from my windows — but what are they thinking as they watch me? All living creatures must protect themselves from harm to survive, and that includes keeping an eye on the neighbors.

Don't Look

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2015, all rights reserved.  Photo by Jerry Mathiason.

Graphite on Canson vellum, 9.75 x 9.75"

Private collection

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Protection Series

Keeping oneself safe from harm is critical to all living beings. Plants and animals have all sorts of amazing adaptations for self-protection, from poisonous venoms to dramatic coloration that wards off predators. As endlessly creative human beings, we often go beyond what’s necessary (nuclear bombs) or craft odd, illusory forms of protection such as tinfoil hats, masks, blindfolds, conjuring and magical thinking. We use these tools to create a sense of safety, to find a way out of a tight space, or to frighten off someone else who might pose a threat. Where and how do we feel safe, and is that safety real or imagined?

Come Back Here With That

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2015, all rights reserved. Photo by Jerry Mathiason.

Graphite on Stillman & Birn Zeta, 11 x 27"

$1200 framed

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Come Back Here With That

I’m fascinated by bumblebees, so I took a class from the U’s Bee Squad and found out all sorts of interesting things. Bumblebees are northern creatures. They have thick hair and antifreeze in their blood, and can actually buzz around working in temperatures just below freezing. We have 19 species of them in Minnesota, most of which are not easy to distinguish from each other (believe me, I tried). Bumblebees are incredibly important pollinators. In fact, they’re more efficient at pollinating certain plants than honeybees are. You can thank bumblebees for blueberries, cranberries, squash and melons.

Bumblebees are fun to draw. I love the way they hang in the air like tiny, fuzzy zeppelins. They’re smart, and most of the species here in our state are not aggressive — no need to run and scream when you see one. To my mind, they naturally lend themselves to the creation of visual narratives, and easily become characters in small dramas of my own devising.

The lone bee in this drawing is flying as fast as she can to get away from the others, who mean to steal her list. Yes, this bee is female. See the wide sections on on her back legs? Pollen baskets. Only the females have them. I did learn something in that class even if I still can’t tell a Bombus pensylvanicus from a Bombus auricomus.

Untranslated

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2015, all rights reserved.

Graphite on paper, 18 x 7"

$500 framed

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Scattered

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2015, all rights reserved.  

Graphite on vintage ledger paper, 5 x 4"

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Red-Tailed Hawk Variations

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2014, all rights reserved.

Graphite on vintage ledger paper, 11 x 9"

SOLD

Ledger Paper Series

I enjoy working with found papers, including these pages from an accounting ledger that was serious business to someone in the 1970’s.  But how much does such a thing really matter within the larger context of our world?  Does it retain meaning once the company and people who worked there are gone?  Humans invest great importance in documents, yet they often have little regard for our irreplaceable natural world and feel free to scatter it with detritus and to destroy it in subtle and not-so-subtle ways.

In this series of drawings, I’ve juxtaposed often-unobserved creatures and natural objects with used ledger pages and text transcribed from found grocery lists.  These outdated documents form marks to which we are immediately drawn, and which offer enigmatic text and unsolvable puzzles.

Curiosity Cabinet #1: Three Eggs & a Cootie Catcher

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2014, all rights reserved.

Graphite on Canson vellum, 11 x 14"

$600 framed

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Curiosity Cabinet #1: Three Eggs & a Cootie Catcher

Cabinets of curiosities were the first museums. People organized collections of objects in actual cabinets, or in rooms devoted to the purpose: natural objects, natural history fakes, archaeological finds, religious and historical relics, antiques and objets d’art. Humans just love to collect stuff and organize it and look at it and show it off.

This drawing is about my fascination with what I refer to as personal museums, the small curiosity cabinets we construct in our homes with found objects, souvenirs and inherited treasures. Even the most tidy and spartan people I know have at least one tiny collection of objects they couldn’t resist. Being neither tidy nor spartan, I have lots of collections. This particular one, however, exists only in the drawing. It reflects my fascination with the elusive beauty of birds’ eggs, and also gives a nod to something that I found to be mysterious when I was growing up: the cootie catcher. All the popular girls had them, but I wasn’t privy to the secret of how to fold one. The closest I got was taking a turn at having my fortune told. It was ages before I discovered that cootie catchers are actually easy to make. This was perhaps the first time I noticed the way that status often depends upon illusion and on the ability to make more of things than they actually are.

Ceremonial Equipment: Turkey Bone as Mask

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2014, all rights reserved.

Watercolor pencil on paper, 7 x 5"

$50 framed

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Crow and Raven Worry About Plaza Curve

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2015, all rights reserved.

White pencil on paper, 6.75 x 17"

$500 framed

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No Dessert

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2014, all rights reserved. Photo by Jerry Mathiason.

Graphite on Stillman & Birn Zeta

$600 framed

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Grocery List Series

The grocery list obsession arises in part out of my love of food and cooking; I’m fascinated by what other people put in their carts at the store. I often try to memorize what folks in line are buying, if it’s interesting, to report on later at home. “The woman in front of me had nothing but fifteen giant bottles of grape soda and three bags of frozen fries!” It was a short step from that behavior to picking up abandoned lists from carts, the floor, the parking lot. I don’t care if someone sees me diving for a list and thinks I’m nuts. I love trying to figure out what menus people are planning based on their lists, and I enjoy the visual constructions, the handwriting, the scribbled out items, the organizational structure of each list. The small mysteries are irresistible, and as a whole, my collection of lists offers a picture of one tiny slice of contemporary life in our city.

Desert Power Struggle: Out of Blueberries

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2014, all rights reserved. Photo by Jerry Mathiason.

Graphite on Stillman & Birn Zeta

$600 framed

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Grocery List Series

The grocery list obsession arises in part out of my love of food and cooking; I’m fascinated by what other people put in their carts at the store. I often try to memorize what folks in line are buying, if it’s interesting, to report on later at home. “The woman in front of me had nothing but fifteen giant bottles of grape soda and three bags of frozen fries!” It was a short step from that behavior to picking up abandoned lists from carts, the floor, the parking lot. I don’t care if someone sees me diving for a list and thinks I’m nuts. I love trying to figure out what menus people are planning based on their lists, and I enjoy the visual constructions, the handwriting, the scribbled out items, the organizational structure of each list. The small mysteries are irresistible, and as a whole, my collection of lists offers a picture of one tiny slice of contemporary life in our city.

I Know What I Saw (Ghost #1)

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2016, all rights reserved.

Cotton embroidery floss on archival Dura-lar, approx. 72 x 20"

$5000

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A Small Botheration (Wee Ghost #1)

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2016, all rights reserved.

Cotton embroidery floss on archival Dura-lar, 12 x 9"

$400

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Osprey Eggs with Erased List

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2014, all rights reserved.

Graphite on vintage ledger paper, 11 x 9"

$400 framed

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Ledger Paper Series

I enjoy working with found papers, including these pages from an accounting ledger that was serious business to someone in the 1970’s. But how much does such a thing really matter within the larger context of our world? Does it retain meaning once the company and people who worked there are gone? Humans invest great importance in documents, yet they often have little regard for our irreplaceable natural world and feel free to scatter it with detritus and to destroy it in subtle and not-so-subtle ways.

In this series of drawings, I’ve juxtaposed often-unobserved creatures and natural objects with used ledger pages and text transcribed from found grocery lists. These outdated documents form marks to which we are immediately drawn, and which offer enigmatic text and unsolvable puzzles.

The Science of the Bat's Head Root

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2014, all rights reserved.

Graphite on vintage ledger paper, 12 x 9.25"

$400 framed

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Ledger Paper Series

I enjoy working with found papers, including these pages from an accounting ledger that was serious business to someone in the 1970’s. But how much does such a thing really matter within the larger context of our world? Does it retain meaning once the company and people who worked there are gone? Humans invest great importance in documents, yet they often have little regard for our irreplaceable natural world and feel free to scatter it with detritus and to destroy it in subtle and not-so-subtle ways.

In this series of drawings, I’ve juxtaposed often-unobserved creatures and natural objects with used ledger pages and text transcribed from found grocery lists. These outdated documents form marks to which we are immediately drawn, and which offer enigmatic text and unsolvable puzzles.

Common Murre Variations

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2014, all rights reserved.

Watercolor pencil & graphite on crumpled vintage ledger paper, 10 x 7.75"

SOLD

Red-tailed Hawk Eggs with Erased List

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2014, all rights reserved. 

Graphite on vintage ledger paper

SOLD

Just One Piece

Copyright Terri Myers Wentzka 2017, all rights reserved. Photo by Jerry Mathiason.

Graphite & watercolor on vintage ledger paper, 15 x 12.5"

$500 framed

She Won't Stay Gone
Most Secret:  The Discovery of the Instructions
Sentinel #1
Stratagem #1
Take That Back Outside
Can We Forgive Them?
Essential Components of Lake Superior
Three Is Sometimes Five
Homing Devices #1 (Snowy Owl Egg)
Not What You Think
Popcorn for Mrs. Leary
Disguised
Courageous
Advice From the Enchanted Forest, Part Four
Advice From the Enchanted Forest, Part Two
We Decided to Meet Without You
You Won't Know
Just One Piece
Gifts #1
You Can't See Me
Conundrum #2
Early Indications of a Conspiracy, Part One
Early Indications of a Conspiracy, Part Two
Early Indications of a Conspiracy, Part Three
Conundrum #1
Advice From the Enchanted Forest, Part One
Not Home
Shrimp Lo Mein
Don't Look
Come Back Here With That
Untranslated
Scattered
Red-Tailed Hawk Variations
Curiosity Cabinet #1:  Three Eggs & a Cootie Catcher
Ceremonial Equipment:  Turkey Bone as Mask
Crow and Raven Worry About Plaza Curve
No Dessert
Desert Power Struggle: Out of Blueberries
I Know What I Saw (Ghost #1)
A Small Botheration (Wee Ghost #1)
Osprey Eggs with Erased List
The Science of the Bat's Head Root
Common Murre Variations
Red-tailed Hawk Eggs with Erased List
Just One Piece