Charles Wisseman, Mixed Media Artist



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Smile politely

Posted on May 28, 2016 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Smile Politely, the local online magazine about happenings in our town, did an article on me in my workspace.

Random music box

Posted on July 6, 2014 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (9)

I got excited about circles, and decided to do something with pi  and music.  Music is becoming a bigger part of my life, and I have been meaning for a while to do some kind of a musical instrument.

I stamped the first six hundred digits of pi on paper slips and mounted them radially around a rotor from a VCR tape player, which has a very smooth rotation.  These can be selected with a small mirrored metal paddle inserted from the side.  These random numbers then gene...

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pbi 2014

Posted on May 24, 2014 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

PBI 2014  at Ox-Bow.

Gold tooling with Sam Feinstein-- much harder than it looks.

Reduction wood block printing with Ryan O'Malley---  need some sharper tools and better graphic sense.

Anabaptist book with Chela Metzger and Erin Hammeke--  lots of fun with lots of materials.  I feel better about leather now.

Art Urn 2014

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

My ART URN -- April 2014

This project could seem creepy, but I want to convince you otherwise. The background is a hard winter, sick cat, Sarah’s hip replacement tying me down and reminding us of inevitable decline, my 65th birthday with medicare application pending. Late at night in the basement surveying my boxes of collected art materials, found objects, and remnants of past workshops, projects and experiments. Knowing that much of this will end up in the dump-- my ki...

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Dante globe 2014

Posted on February 10, 2014 at 1:35 AM Comments comments (0)

“Midway on life’s journey I found myself in dark woods, the right road lost.”—Dante’s Inferno.


January in the north can be a dark and introspective time for me. My wife was off travelling with a friend, and I needed a new project to lift my spirits. I only really feel good when I am making something, but ideas can be elusive when I am feeling down. Realizing that mid-winter light deprivation might be part of the problem, I sat in my shop and...

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Monkey box video

Posted on December 19, 2013 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The Youtube link for a short video is

Monkey box-- The curious case of george

Posted on December 19, 2013 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

THE CURIOUS CASE OF GEORGE December 2013 (the primate papers)

I first thought of this box while taking a class on Automata (mechanical toys) at Arrowmont Craft School in summer of 2013, taught by Michael Croft. He taught a fun introduction to the type of mechanical toys which had a revival in Britain, starting in the 1960’s. These are simpler than classical automata (think the movie “Hugo”), are often humorous, and have an open structure to show the mechanics...

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Squirrel Reliquary (September 2013)

Posted on September 30, 2013 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Squirrel reliquary-- done during September 2013

My wife found a skeletonized squirrel in our backyard this summer.

I took an OLLI senior learning class on small mammals last year, and I think they deserve more respect.

I decided to make a reliquary for the squirrel saint “Rodentia”, which sounded good and is actually the taxonomic order to which squirrels belong. I removed the remaining fur, soaked the skeleton in bleach for a few days, and was left with clea...

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Mind's eye box

Posted on May 3, 2013 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)

This box got a bit out of hand:

Artist statement-- Mind’s eye view box

Constructed March-April, 2013 by Charles Wisseman

Structure is an outer box with an inner panel folded up inside.

The outer box is a functional pinhole view camera. There are two film holders, which can be loaded with orthographic film or photo paper. The front covers of the film holders are pulled down through a slot in the lower rear edge of the box for exposure. Film holders are sto...

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New Year 2013

Posted on January 12, 2013 at 1:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Survived lots of relatives, singing with the choir, contra-dancing.

I decided to become more electronic-- joined facebook and got a smart phone.  Don't want to left behind as an aging luddite.

I finished one box-- I got the idea on the way back from Europe in September-- long plane trips put me in a state of suspended animation where thoughts at the edge suddenly come into focus unbidden. 

Here is what I posted on Facebook :



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