1953 (age 64–65)
|Education||BFA University of Washington, MFA University of Wisconsin–Madison|
|Known for||Mixed-media, painting, photography, sculpture, basketry, glass|
Joe Feddersen (born 1953) is a Colville sculptor, painter, photographer and mixed-media artist. He is known for creating artworks strong in geometric patterns reflective of what is seen in the environment, landscape and his Native American heritage.
Early life and higher education
He was first exposed to printmaking at Wenatchee Valley College under the direction of artist Robert Graves. Feddersen earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in printmaking from the University of Washington in 1983 where he studied under artists Michael Spafford and Glen Alps. In 1989 he obtained his Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Following his Masters he became an art instructor at The Evergreen State College.
When not creating art or teaching, Feddersen also serves as a writer, curator, consultant and active member of the Colville Confederated Tribal Arts & Humanities Board. He received, in 2001, an Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Fine Art award. In 2009 he left his teaching position at Evergreen State College and returned to Omak, Washington, his hometown. While occasionally teaching at Evergreen, he has been focusing on exploring the medium glass and has become involved with Pilchuck Glass School and the Museum of Glass.
My prints and mixed media work explore personal perceptions of my surroundings...Earlier prints become the departure for new work. They incorporate printing techniques and the addition of staples, pins, mirrors, oil pastels and acrylics o achieve a rich surface quality white retaining luminosity of previous layers. - 1987
Feddersen's early creations involved photography and collage self-portraits in the early 1980s, reflecting on the individual and the environment surrounding self. However, his first major work was "Rainscape"; a series of lithographs that were exhibited at the Heard Museum's 3rd Biennial Native American Fine Art Invitational.
Through "Rainscape" Feddersen incorporated blended colors to form a rain-like landscape, reminiscent of the Pacific Northwest environment. This series launched Feddersen into the major contemporary art world; artists such as Jaune Quick-To-See Smith compared his use of color to Mark Rothko and Seattle Times art critic Deloris Tarzan Ament reflected on the woodblock works of Hiroshige when reviewing the works.
In the early 1990s Feddersen created a series of monoprints based on blanket designs of the Plains Indians and Pendleton Woolen Mills. Heavy in geometry and layers and blended colors, the series were described by art scholar W. Jackson Rushing III as "watery veils of color", which brought out further comparisons to Rothko.
With the series "Plateau Geometrics" Feddersen continued to create prints during the latter half of the 1990s. All of the prints in the series are one of a kind (instead of an edition) and incorporate techniques such as etching, drypoint, aquatint, blind embossing and linocuts. The prints feature a pattern of geometric forms over a gridded layout; some are flat while others have a highly textured appearance. According to the artist the works represent his homesickness and memories of living on the reservation. At the time of creation he was living and working in Seattle, on the opposite side of the Cascade Mountains that serve to separate Colville country from Seattle. The geometric patterns represent designs seen in Colville basketry and cornhusk bags, while the complete series expresses Feddersen's desire to reflect on his communities traditional culture and his modern art background.
Sculpture and basketry
Basketry entered into his catalog in the 2000s, learning Plateau-style techniques from poet and artist Elizabeth Woody. And recently his work has focused on glass making. Drawing influence from designs seen in Plateau Indian art, he creates artworks showing repeating patterns, leaving them with titles such as Cul-de-Sac, Scaffolding and Tire, a critique on contemporary life with a touch of tradition from Colville basketry.
- Across Cultures: Fifty Objects from the Macy Collection, Northern Arizona University
- Infinity of Nations, National Museum of the American Indian, New York.
- Joe Feddersen: Vital Signs, Hallie Ford Museum of Art
- Made at the Museum: Northwest Selections, Museum of Glass
- Art Objects, Portland International Airport
- Changing Hands 2: Art Without Reservation, Museum of Arts and Design
- Land Mark, Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture
- After the Storm, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
- Our Land/Ourselves, University at Albany, SUNY
- 3rd Biennial Native American Fine Art Invitational, Heard Museum
- New Directions/Northwest, Portland Art Museum
Feddersen's work has also shown in numerous private galleries as well as other public institutions such as the Whatcom Museum of History and Art, Simon Fraser University, Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Shoreline Community College, among others.
- Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
- Hallie Ford Museum of Art
- Harborview Medical Center
- Heard Museum
- Johnson & Johnson Corporation
- Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center
- Merrill Lynch
- Microsoft Corporation
- National Museum of the American Indian
- Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture
- Pacific Northwest Bell
- Peabody Essex Museum
- Portland Art Museum
- Seattle Art Museum
- Tacoma Art Museum
- University of Hawaii
- University of Western Sydney
- U.S. Department of the Interior
- U.S. Department of State
- Whitney Museum of American Art
- John H. Hauberg Fellowship, 2009, Pilchuck Glass School
- Eiteljorg Native American Fine Art Fellowship, 2001, Eiteljorg Museum
- Rushing III, W. Jackson. Joe Feddersen: Sacred Geometry. "After the Storm" pp. 33-47. Eiteljorg Museum, 2001.
- Bob Hicks (2010). "Exhibit of Joe Feddersen's work at Hallie Ford Museum shows he straddles several worlds, all his own". Visual Arts Top Stories. The Oregonian. Retrieved 6 March 2011.
- Rebecca J. Dobkins (2003). "Joe Feddersen: Prints and Baskets". Biography. Froelick Gallery. Retrieved 6 March 2011.
- "Eiteljorg Fellowship (recipients, 2001)". Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Art. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
- Elizabeth Woody (2003). "Joe Feddersen" (PDF). Continuum. National Museum of the American Indian. Retrieved 6 March 2011.
- "CV". Biography. Froelick Gallery. 2010. Retrieved 6 March 2011.
- Allan, Lois. Contemporary Printmaking in the Northwest. Fine Art Publishing, 1997. ISBN 90-5703-131-0
- Dobkins, Rebecca J., Barbara Earl Thomas & Gail Tremblay. Vital Signs. University of Washington Press, 2008. ISBN 0-295-98860-6
- Kangas, Matthew. Craft & Concept: The Rematerialization of the Art Object. Midmarch Arts Press, 2008. ISBN 1-877675-56-3
- Lippard, Lucy. Mixed Blessings: New Art in a Multicultural America. New Press, 2000. ISBN 1-56584-573-0
- Longfish, George & David Penney. Native American Art. Universe, 1999. ISBN 0-88363-479-1
- Mcmaster, Gerald & Clifford Trafzer. Native Universe: Voices of Indian America. National Geographic, 2004. ISBN 0-7922-5994-7
- Penn, W.S. The Telling of the World: Native American Stories and Art. Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 1996. ISBN 1-55670-488-7
- Rushing III, W. Jackson. Native American Art in the Twentieth Century: Makers, Meanings, Histories. Routledge, 1999. ISBN 0-415-13748-9
- Joe Feddersen, Vision Project, by Mique'l Askren