Uta Strelive

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Artist’s Statement

Uta remembers feeding Blaumeisen (Blue Tits) at her home in what was Eastern Germany when she was barely tall enough to look over the window sill. Thus began her fascination with and love of birds and it has never diminished. Nature and birds have been the centre of her passion through life.

A  year after completing her B.A. in Textile Technology she fled her native Germany and after another year was able to emigrate to Canada. Here she settled into her second career as a Biological Technologist at the University of Saskatchewan, and began part time art studies.

Three years later her career took another turn when she filled a technologist position at the Ontario Research Foundation in Toronto. Relocation of the Foundation brought her to Guelph as instructor in Invertebrate Zoology and Parasitology at the University of  Guelph, Ontario.

Her artistic talents also were put to test by making hundreds of scientific and technical drawings of worms, bugs and vast number of parasite hosts for international publications and books. But these precise line drawings were really too structured to satisfy her artistic needs.

So after 25 years as a very successful teacher, researcher, technologist and biological illustrator she sought a more artistically challenging career in Design. Winning scholarships to the International Academy of Design, Toronto she completed the three year program in under two years at the top of the graduating class and winning several honours along the way.

Today computers give her another avenue of artistic expressions– computer graphics and multi-media applications. She has team – created biological teaching modules for Universities in Canada and the United States. Her creativity, biological expertise and teaching background have won top honours in teaching module competitions and are featured in multi-media educational journals.

Since 1981, when she discovered bird carving as an emerging art form, her favourite time is spent in her studio in Eden Mills, Ontario. Here she transforms a block of wood into a biologically correct, artistically conceived sculpture. Her pieces have won first place and best of show at most of the competitions she has entered including the prestigious World Championship Woodcarving Competition in Ocean City, Maryland.

Her birds reside in homes and boardrooms of collectors and admirers in Canada, the United States, England and France. She has been teaching carving and sculpture design classes to carving clubs and other groups primarily in Ontario. She has also judged in many major carving competitions. Her sculptures have been shown in private shows and various galleries in Ontario and Florida.

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