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Artist uses odd materials for road landscape exhibit in Iowa

March 11, 2018

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — As artist Karla Mundt traveled through Utah several years ago, she thought about all the ways people use roads to describe life.

“The long and winding road. We hit a bump in the road. There is a bend in the road. We came to a crossroads. You can go on and on and on,” Mundt said.

On March 4, that idea came to life in Mundt’s art show, “Roads Travelled,” which will be on display at the Art Center of Burlington through March 31, the Hawk Eye reported .

Mundt has been teaching children’s art classes at the art center for several years, but she found herself slipping away from her own artistic work. With a new art exhibit on the horizon, Mundt said she spent the last year and a half creating pieces for the eclectic show.

Following her motto “art is what you can get away with,” the pieces are anything but boring.

An oil painting of muddy sneakers has the floor mat fastened up on the wall behind the frame. A chair is colorfully painted with the words “rest stop.” Several works include repurposed maps, with one adhered to a pull-down window shade Mundt found in the garbage at Preservation Station. A closer look at a road landscape reveals the bluish-gray, cloudy sky made of dryer lint.

Lorene Anderson assisted Mundt with some of youth art classes before moving to Fairfield, and she returned to attend the artist reception last week.

“I did not know what medium she was going to do. I could not remember,” said Anderson. “Turns out she does them all. Even dryer lint, which I did not know was a medium until today. She works with a broad scope of materials, which I guess I should have expected because, in the classes she teaches, she teaches all kinds of techniques.”

For Mundt, it’s about what sparks her creativity in the moment. For one piece, a mixed media image of an American Flag with handwritten road directions on the stripes, Mundt found that moment at 3 a.m., jumping out of bed with the idea to place stars on the flag in the shape of the big and little dipper.

However, the chance to show and sell her art at the Art Center of Burlington proves more than a personal achievement for Mundt, who pledged to send a portion of her proceeds to the United Nations Trust Fund to end violence against women.

Mundt, who previously worked at a women’s shelter, said she knew guests at the art show would ask her why she chose to donate the money, and she said she thinks the answer is obvious.

“I thought it’s so important. And the UN, they actually try to affect policy,” said Mundt. “Here we know it is not acceptable. It happens, but it’s not acceptable, and it’s against the law. But in other countries it’s not, or it if is against the law it’s hard to prosecute.”

This motivation led her to underprice her works on display in the art center. Mundt said while many of the pieces are more valuable to her than the price tag suggests, she hopes to make them more accessible to Burlington residents and, in turn, raise more money to contribute to the important cause.


Information from: The Hawk Eye, http://www.thehawkeye.com

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