Painting a Fifty-foot Mural
April 25, 2014
Associate Professor of Art Heather Brammeier has designed a fifty-foot mural for the campus of North Seattle College. The college's Arts Task Force advertised an international call for mural designs. Brammeier's design was chosen from seventy-five entries. About her design, Brammeier says "…Licton Springs and the wetlands were the primary inspiration for the imagery in my design. Water is the connecting theme from panel to panel, and wetland grasses and evergreen trees are a recurring motif. To communicate the sense of a gathering place and a diverse community, I referenced Seattle’s heritage guide. Using the decorative arts and architectural forms, I incorporated hints of various cultures rather than overt symbols. My personal approach to painting is biomorphic abstraction, which is based on natural forms. To unify the image and make it a personal expression, arcs and rounded forms that I would use in my paintings connect the panels visually. Though it is abstract, the design suggests strength, togetherness, interconnectedness, and intellectual curiosity."
Brammeier's design is currently being painted by a group of sixteen talented students in a mural class at North Seattle College, taught by Professor Kelda Martensen. Professor Brammeier visited the mural class in Seattle to present her design to students and help them to begin painting. She will return to Seattle to celebrate the mural's completion. "It makes me so happy to see the students so enthusiastic about this project," said North Seattle College professor Kelda Martensen. See if you can catch the action on the live video feed of the mural being painted at: