Bohlig, Joan M. Saiberlich
Joan M. Saiberlich Bohlig
Life and work
I was born in 1936, second of four daughters to wonderful devoted Evangelical Christian parents in
We became the parents of two sons and as a young mother I made pottery in someone else’s studio and took various night classes at The Minneapolis Art Institute College School of Art. There in
The etchings are designed to honor God and to enable people to surround themselves with thoughtful, well designed original art, conceived and constructed entirely by using time honored means and methods and the finest possible materials. Which all means that great care was needed to present these in a form acceptable to modern eyes. Some methods I used to do this are: work hard to make a design that complements the space or change the space to complement the design, use well all the design elements of line, space, form, value, pattern, perspective or avoidance of perspective, avoid overt sentimentality (a tough call with the tender moment of new birth), use stylized concept rather than visual reality, incorporate a little a bit of gentle humor and add the biblical quote so people know the reference.
We lived on the outskirts of
We have matured. There are now six lovely grandchildren. I passionately work in my studio mostly doing oil paintings, which I began in earnest in 1986. I also make collages which I started doing long ago because they are fun and funky. There are now 75 etching images on biblical themes. To date there have been one-person shows of my art at 121 venues showing etchings, collages, and paintings in the
Since 1966 I have been a member of Manamore, a local women’s art group, and was 2009-2010, 2013-2014 Program Chairwoman and on the board of directors. Since 1979 I have been a member of CIVA, Christians in Visual Arts, a national Christian arts organization and have been on their board of directors.
A whole show of my collages which I called ‘New Directions’ was first put together in December 2007. Since then I have had shows exclusively of collages at eleven additional venues. Each show varies considerably.
Working with biblical themes has been a great blessing to me personally in many unexpected ways. There is satisfaction in knowing that I have spent my life work trying to bring positive energy and goodness and beauty into existence and into the lives of others. To God be the glory.
Good News Shoes, original copperplate etching: 6" x 6" image on 8 3/4 x 9 3/4 French BFK or Rives quality etching paper, ink either burnt umber or black, unframed.
Nativity, original copperplate etching: 6" x 6" image on 8 3/4 x 9 3/4 French BFK or Rives quality etching paper, ink either burnt umber or black, unframed.
Vine with Birds, original copperplate etching: 6" x 6" image on 8 3/4 x 9 3/4 French BFK or Rives quality etching paper, ink either burnt umber or black, unframed.
Tree Planted by Water, original copperplate etching: 6" x 6" image on 8 3/4 x 9 3/4 French BFK or Rives quality etching paper, ink either burnt umber or black, unframed.
Offense /Defense, collage, 36" x 36" birch plywood substructure, composition board, textured paper, drawings, red bole ink and varnishes. The idea was of good and evil as opposing forces with the cross a refuge and aid, sending out its power in the compass directions. Good and evil radiate in those same compass directions in opposition. I do not believe in demons in red underwear, but I certainly do believe in good and evil and the power of Christ in aid of the side of goodness. I did a good number of these compass crosses with variations. The compass cross could be suitable as a chapel cross in an intimate space.