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Postcards from Home

John Katerberg's avatar John Katerberg

Postcards from Home is a three-sided display of three 72 x 36-in. paintings of Michigan scenes. This piece is unique to the art world, as it combines both acrylic and oil paint on a foundation of polished brass. Pneumatic and electric grinders, as well as engraving hand tools are used to reveal polished brass. Coated with an automotive clearcoat, the art is completely waterproof. As the viewer interacts with and experiences the work, the paint surface appears to move and change because of the polished brass. The title, Postcards from Home, honors the tradition of sending postcards, photos, and letters to members of the military to remind them of the places and people they love. Memory of these places helped John endure stressful and dangerous situations when he was deployed to war. Gulls present in the paintings symbolize rising above and overcoming adversity. The golden ratio is used in the compositions to identify God's design and presence in everything seen and unseen.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 72”
  • Medium: Oil on Brass
  • Width: 72”
  • Year created: 2021
  • Height: 72”