Art is Her: Willow Bayer
September 8, 2020 – November 30, 2020
The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women’s right to vote. The passage is the largest expansion of democracy in U.S. history. Throughout 2020 and 2021, Art is Her celebrates women artists and explores the relevance of equal rights in art today.
Willow Bayer is a twenty-four year old emerging artist currently based in Appleton, Wisconsin. She received her BFA in Painting and Drawing from the Peck School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2018. During her last year of school, Bayer discovered her love for collage. She now creates small paper works and references them for acrylic paintings. This process helps her plan out the color and composition before painting. Naturally, differences occur in each iteration. Bayer chooses subjects or places based on her experiences. For this reason, her work becomes autobiographical. Influences that inspire Bayer are colors of environments in animated TV shows and illustrations in children’s books.
She is trained in many forms of printmaking techniques and recreates her paintings through CMYK screen printing. Additionally, she enjoys painting commissioned pet portraits, especially making them look like quirky characters from various periods, styles, or genres.