About the Artist: Joni Younkins-Herzog is a sculptor and a former sculpture professor with a Masters of Fine Arts from Indiana University. She exhibits her work throughout the United States and abroad in Italy, Columbia, Peru, Poland, and Ghana, Africa. Joni loves materials. Each medium she works with poses a challenge to her – to maximize its strengths and expressive qualities. She enjoys tapping into unusual imagery in her outdoor works including large expressive botanical forms that incorporate a sense of organic architecture. For more information, go to www.joniyounkinsherzog.com.
About the Piece: “Illiana” This piece is an outrageous, colorful version of an alluring bloom in the nightshade family (Brugmansia) with a mysterious spider inside. Like the spider, I lure the viewer in with luscious colors and materials to contemplate the content. My sculptures are hybrids, mythologies, and metaphors about flowers – heroic, foolish, and humorous.