Jessica Teckemeyer, "Human Shadow" (2013), mixed media, 18 x 24.5 x 25 inches.
Jessica Teckemeyer, “Human Shadow” (2013), mixed media, 18 x 24.5 x 25 inches.

Depicting animals in surreal or threatening situations, Jessica Teckemeyer’s intriguing multimedia sculptures touch on themes ranging from ancient mythology to current-day gun violence. An exhibit of her works opens this Thursday, Oct. 29, at the Des Moines Art Center.

“The human condition is domesticated; we are animals,” Teckemeyer, an assistant professor of art at Clarke University in Dubuque, said in a statement. “Through translating a human experience into the form of an animal, we look at ourselves from another viewpoint.”

Teckemeyer will discuss her work at 6:30 p.m. opening day. The exhibit, part of the Art Center’s Iowa Artists series, runs through Feb. 21, 2016.

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