Angela Kallsen is a visual artist and illustrator living in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. She works primarily in oil and mixed media, including watercolor, acrylic, pencil, and charcoal. Her work has been exhibited in numerous venues around the area including the Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, the Nash Gallery at the University of Minnesota, The Edina Art Center, the Hopkins Center for the Arts, and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. A graduate from the University of Minnesota, Angela took the path least traveled and designed her own degree majoring in studio arts, biological science, and Native American studies. This unique collaboration of coursework developed within her a deep understanding and respect for our natural world, other cultures, ecology, and the diversity of all living things.
“In my work, nature and organic forms become symbols and codes, and the stories they tell are written in a visual shorthand like a long-forgotten ancient alphabet. Metaphors of birth, growth, death, and renewal are all present, interplaying with our human emotional states of being. I paint relationships between ourselves and within ourselves, between us and the earth, between earth and space. Unlike science, art has no limitations regarding anthropomorphism; I invite you to look at these new worlds with fresh eyes, and give you the freedom to draw parallels between them and the innermost terrain of feeling.”
All images copyright Angela Kallsen and may not be used without permission.