I have spent most of the past 20 years in the fields of advertising and marketing. A need to find my creativity, lost among the daily trappings of the business world, led me to embark on a second career. I have pursued an art career exclusively for the past five years. As a resident of downtown Chicago, my art examines the definition and nature of the urban existence. I am a member of Fused Chicago, a group of Chicago area artists using the encaustic medium, the American Craft Council, the Chicago Artists Coalition, as well as being selected as a member of the Illinois Artisans Program, part of the Illinois State Museum. My artwork has been included in many area and national juried and invitational exhibitions. I am a frequent contributor to the blog Fused Chicago, writing articles concerning interesting aspects of the art world in the Midwest. My personal blog is www.afboehmnews.blogspot.com/.
Extensive world-wide travel has served to fuel my creativity whether it is in the business, teaching or art world. I believe that experiencing other cultures opens our eyes to so many things and I am always able to bring that excitement of discovery back home to my studio.
Through my art I examine and deconstruct the world we inhabit. My inspiration comes from the nature of the urban existence. Within this environment is an innate sense of order and randomness, of clutter and balance, of history and change. I am fascinated with the idea of chaos and the imprecise sense of harmony and order. In my work, I often return to the highly symmetrical grid shape. It suggests the symmetry of city plans and the buildings that fill them. It brings to mind the sea of windows of the urban landscape. It can even denote the public areas where people gather. The square shape underscores the potential duality in everything and encourages balance. It symbolizes a prolonged state of presence, a dependable and grounded structure.
My woven fiber and encaustic 3D vessels and sculpture reinterpret the 2D geometry of the square I so often employ. Vessels have existed throughout history, performing many of the most basic and necessary tasks. Their enduring place in our world is both fascinating and significant. The many styles and techniques of basket weaving have evolved throughout the years. The traditional technique I employ pays homage to the rich history of basket weaving yet goes beyond its traditional beginnings, focusing on developing new forms for expression as well as exploring the infinite sculptural possibilities