"I work in hand-sewn beadwork and mixed media. My work is often narrative but can also be formed by thoughts, meditations or research that occurs during the building of a piece. As I work I often find the subject to be more complex than it first appeared and intertwined with other issues and ideas. Recently I have added political and social topics to my work while continuing to work in nature and historical themes."
While working as an engineer and teaching himself about Northwest Coastal Native American Art, Schuldt began working in beadwork. He discovered a natural inclination to sew, drawing on a long tradition of skilled needle workers in his family. The first work he exhibited (2003) was purchased by New York's Museum of Arts and Design in 2004. A year later, he decided to drop engineering to pursue artwork full time.
Schuldt's work is incredible in its beauty, detail and depth. He can transform something as everyday as a backpack into a monument for deteriorating salmon habitats ("Clarks's Map, Celilo Falls," 2002). Other beadwork documents the floor plans of 18th century Mandan/Hidatsa houses (from the central Dakotas), . .(Read more)
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