Above: Clear Water, carved wood, tinted lacquers, 62 x 31″
Michael Bauermeister works out of his art studio in Augusta, Missouri. Clear Water is a wood carving in which he used tinted lacquers to achieve the layered, watery effect. The lengthly process of carving each individual wave and pebble from one solid piece of wood, coupled with the labor of many thin layers of lacquer, embodies a tranquil yet hard-earned peace. The imagery within was drawn from waves subtly lapping against a shoreline, which is a place of deep peace for Bauermeister. The act of carving and working towards an inner peace strongly resembles the process of mandala creation and meditation. With Bauermeister, he emphasizes that wood has become his voice and his language for contemplation. Check out more of Bauermeister’s wooden creations at his website below.
Fun Fact: Michael Bauermeister has his work in many prestigious collections, including, but not limited to, the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery in Washington D.C., the Boston Museum of Art, and the Art in Embassies program for the U.S. State Department.