1943-2020, Collage, Oil and Wax on board 24”x24” in Solid Ash Frame

What time is this place?  The tree is index of place, that at one time, short eared owls may have called this place home.  Short Eared Owls are often associated with savanna landscapes in which burr oaks are found.  We have such a tree in the Forest Street Community Gardens in Eau Claire. 


This work is part of a solo exhibit at The Oxbow Hotel in Eau Claire, WI


New paintings by Joe Maurer

Palimpsests l noun - a manuscript or piece of writing on which original writing has been effaced to make room for later writing but of which traces remain.

"The image making process started by looking backward.  Working on midwestern newspapers from the 1940’s, a technique was used to preserve the papers in wax.  I have a curiosity about our inherited animal stories, including farm animals, whose lives typically do not make headlines.  This is true especially in times of war.  The images are meditations on time and place and how the story changes.  Some are success stories.  Some are about new beginnings.  Some are about loss.  Fast forward to present day, will these be the stories of resilience in a time of friction in our world?  The stories are unfinished and are a call to action to get the facts and protect everyday wonders in nature and the values of the small farmer.”

- Joe Maurer 

“Mussulini Slain! Forest St. Burr Oak, Short Eared Owl”

$1,600.00 Regular Price
$1,200.00Sale Price