Joseph Seigenthaler is an artist residing in Chicago, Illinois, where he has exhibited his figurative sculpture for the past 25 years.
His work is included in numerous private collections and in the permanent collections of the Contemporary Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin, and Museo de Escultura Figurativa Internacional Contemporánea, Spain.
Some art draws you in, but Joseph Seigenthaler’s artworks leap out at you-fierce faces on creepily colored heads and shoulders thrust from the wall. They grab you with their grotesqueness at first, but his sculptures have long been inspired by his observations of ordinary people-of himself, his wife, people on the CTA, sunburned people on the beach.
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The eight-foot-tall topless woman in Transformation is covered by a dense network of veins, and her feet are too large, but, Seigenthaler says, demanding correct proportions is “missing the point. We’re all distorted.” He recalls his wife’s pregnancy and the “transformation of a woman’s body–I was amazed by the appearance of all these veins on her stomach.” Next he looks at himself: an unfreckled part of his wrist with no melanin hiding the veins looks a lot like the skin in Transformation.
“My work was a bit like what I do now, obsessive, time-consuming realism with a surrealist quality,” he says.
Seigenthaler also acknowledges being influenced by northern Renaissance painters, with their “attention to detail coming out in a very weird quirky way. Even now my work relies heavily on paint. It’s all painted after it’s fired, so I see it as almost a three-dimensional painting.”
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