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 Hope Joyce Atkinson  (1946 - )

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Lived/Active: Wisconsin/Minnesota      Known for: figure, portrait-folk art

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Hope Joyce Atkinson was born December 10, 1946 in Minnesota, one of six children. Her mother left the family when Hope was age four. Her father tried to keep all of the children together, but soon Hope was placed in a foster home so she was separated from her family at an early age.

Atkinson was anxious to leave the foster home and looked for any way to achieve independence. When she was sixteen, she joined the Merchant Marines and worked on the ore boats on the Great Lakes for many years. Atkinson eventually got her own small boat and she traveled the waters of Lake Superior daily until tragedy struck.
She had a horrible accident out on her boat and was lucky to have guided herself to a port hospital. After months of hospitalization, she was released. She went "home" to a spartan tile barn on the shore of Lake Superior without benefit of running water, where she still heats and cooks with wood-burning stoves.

When Atkinson was lonely for someone to talk to she began to create "friends" from papier mache and found objects. As visitors came to see her, these "friends" of hers became a topic of conversation and she was encouraged to make others.

Now years later, some of Hope's original "friends" are in her amazing "barn." Many of the techniques she used in starting her sculpture, she remembers as the same ones she and her siblings used to create her own toys when she was young. Many works are autobiographical in nature and are combined into elaborate groupings inspired by Hope's life experiences and reflections.

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