Mild America

Dan Woerner & Kate Burnet

Mild America is a massive hibernating bear that sleeps while viewers look on. The beast is an imposing representation of something dangerous, but maybe we're safe as long as it slumbers. It moves as it inhales and exhales oscillating between inviting and potentially destructive allowing the viewer to draw conclusions as to exactly what it symbolizes. It is the "elephant" in the room and it sleeps while the world goes on around it. The world spins, ideas evolves, politics are debated, the powerful are pushed against and they push back. It's an imperfect machine and it lumbers on sometimes making surprising moves, sometimes sleeping through an entire season.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 12'
  • Medium: mixed
  • Width: 8'
  • Year created: 2018
  • Height: 5'

About Dan Woerner & Kate Burnet

With a vested interest in all things pulp, Dan Woerner and Kate Burnet weave together new narratives with disparate parts through their animated videos, drawings, and installations. Their work grafts our memories of the past with our prospects for the future from fragments of pop culture and other detritus to tell stories that are old as dirt.