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 Progression: Onset acrylic, dirt, and polyurethane adhesive on wood panel 48 x 201.75 inches
From 2010–2013, Schalk lived in Okinawa, Japan, where she worked as a professional artist and art educator. This time overseas left a strong impact upon her life and continues to inform the content of her work. In Okinawa, she became involved in the local artistic community, and she participated in various island-wide exhibitions, including Inspire Japan, to benefit the victims of the devastating March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami, and Okiten, an annual juried event held in Okinawa since the end of WWII. In 2017, Schalk received her MFA in Studio from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Today, she is a hybrid visual artist and writer based in Los Angeles. She continues to exhibit her artwork throughout the United States and internationally, and she now publishes her poetry and creative nonfiction in regional, national, and global journals and magazines.

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