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Shelli Markee


August 5th- September 2nd, 2021

About the Show

“Growing up, there was a simple line drawing by my uncle in my parent’s house that I’ve always been fascinated by. It’s hanging in my living room now, and it still stirs a lot of emotion in me. From the first time I worked with wire—with a found spool of wire to make a birthday crown for a friend—I was reminded of that drawing, and how much the bent wire evoked the simple, clean lines of pen on paper.

“The difference was that working with wire offered more freedom to manipulate, shape and reshape my work. Even better, “drawing with wire” in three dimensions opened up all kinds of interesting interplay between light, shadow and perspective.

“Since that first attempt, my relationship with wire continues to be about exploration. Each day as I pick up a pair of pliers and a spool of wire, I surrender control and let the wire inform the decisions I make. It makes me feel open, exploratory and in my zone. The medium keeps showing me more—nearly 30 year later I feel I’ve only scratched the surface of possibility. And it’s an honor to be able to share my work with you.”

- Shelli Markee


Shelli Markee

Shelli’s wire works, which include freestanding and wall-hanging abstract sculptures, representations of plants and birds, and portraits, are currently showcased in west coast venues including the Bellevue Art Museum and Bainbridge Island Art Museum stores, Click! Design That Fits and Museo Gallery.

Shelli Markee
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