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When she’s not working at the MU, Kenemer creates her own unique and distinct artwork. She describes her art as fitting the category of mixed media assemblage.
“I am a collector of objects, always searching for small items that look or feel interesting to me. I give order to discarded or forgotten items, reintroducing them to the world in a new way with a new identity,” Kenemer said. “Finding ways for these treasures to interact is a constant process. Moving, rearranging, adding, subtracting…these assemblages are a work in progress until I feel that everything is in the “right” place.”
Kenemer graduated from ISU with a degree in visual studies. She worked at the Octagon Center for the Arts before returning to the university.
When asked what inspires her to be an artist, Kenemer said “making things is part of who I am.”
“Since I often work with found objects, I’m constantly inspired – it’s time that makes it hard for me. I’m inspired by seeing other artist’s work that resonates with me. I can find a rusty piece of metal in the street while walking the dog and be inspired,” Kenemer said.
As a loyal advocate for the Arts in Ames, Kenemer is excited to be a part of the 2016 Studio Tour. She said any time there is an opportunity to support the arts, either by participating or attending, she makes it a priority.
Kenemer lives in Ames with her husband, Hugo, who is also an artist, and their son Harvey.
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