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Artist: Mark Fischer
I am a contemporary full-time sculptor and member of the Oneida Nation. My artistic goal is to share my mother’s Native American culture, stories, and love of nature symbolically through art. Since childhood, making sculptures in a variety of materials has always given me joy and an inner peace. In 1998, after being involved in Native American education at an administrative level for many years in Milwaukee, I decided to dedicate my life to creating art, while continuing to be an advocate of education and Native awareness through my sculptures and interactive storytelling. I work in copper to honor the ancient copper culture that once lived here in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.
Darrell O’Kachekum (Menominee) was born on the Menominee Reservation 1950, having grown up on the reservation he was fascinated by the scenery and wild life there. His profession was in Law Enforcement, Social Work and Gaming and was a Police Sketch Artist. From sketching to painting to Etching and painting eggs, which he now calls eggery has evolved into something you do not see often. Retired now, Darrell’s “Etching of Wild Life Animals" on Ostrich Eggs and Emu eggs has been his strong point. These particular eggs (Ostrich) are lamps and are usually set on Deer Antler horns or wood to give it that Northwood’s look. In addition, he paints Wild Life animals on Goose Eggs. Another form of Art are Darrell’s Gourds, he paints and etches Wild life, Native American Dancers and scenery on them. The finished Gourd is completed by lacing; horsehair, pine needles or sweet grass around the tops of the gourds. Darrell’s other interest is Tree Mushrooms, sometimes called;” Fairy Shelves”, “Tree Shelves”, or “Conks”. Darrell paints wild life and scenery on these Tree Shelves and places them on wood stands or Deer Antlers for the northern look. You can see some of his works at the Menominee Culture Museum located on County road VV near the Wolf River in Keshena, Wisconsin.