MARQUETTE, Mich. (WZMQ) – Next week is Art Week in Marquette, and a community built art installation is almost complete in The Marquette Center for Arts and culture. This year’s Art Week theme is ‘Home’, the Artist in Resident, Amber Dohrenwend, has been working with the Marquette community to complete a 3D structure in The Jack Deo Gallery.
Dohrenwend is focused on sustainability when it comes to her art. The interactive structure is made entirely out of recycled cardboard from bike boxes and staples so it can be recycled again once the display comes down at the end of July.
Dohrenwend says she started building similar structures in her apartment while living in Japan. Just returning to Marquette after 12 years living over seas, Dohrenwend says that building these sculptures has felt like the first step to building her home in Marquette.
“I love building these sculptures that help people access their creativity.” Dohrenwend says, “I think to me it ties to the theme of home because home is something that we make and we create, we are active agents in making something feel like our home.”
Dohrenwend is still looking for volunteers to help finish the structure. Open studio hours will be held this Friday from 9:30am to 5:30pm, and Saturday from 2 until 4:30pm in the basement at The Peter White Public Library.