Artist StatementA versatile and prolific artist since 1970, Sandra Wasko-Flood’s prints (photo-etchings and monotypes), photo montages, sculptures and large interactive installations, use expressionistic figures to focus on psycho-spiritual themes. Her symbols of goddess and totems, circles, spirals, and labyrinths—celebrate life’s cycles—the stillness and the dance, the darkness and the light. After an inspirational experience in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, she created “Dance of the Labyrinth.” This participatory art, technological and spiritual, brings the archetype of the labyrinth into the 21st century with computer programmed light boxes designed to be walked. Unlike mazes with many confusing paths, labyrinths have only one path to the center and back. Many people find the single meandering path slows the breathing, focuses the mind and induces a peaceful or creative state. After directing a labyrinth walking demonstration for inner peace on the east lawn of the U.S. Capitol, she got the idea to establish Living Labyrinths for Peace, Inc., (LLP) (www.livinglabyrinthsforpeace.org) whose mission is to create labyrinths of art, science, technology and nature for educational programs that lead the way from inner peace to world peace. Wasko-Flood’s latest art work are duratrans light boxes with digitally transferred slide montages on the theme of Cycles: Life, Death, and Spirit figures of nudes, mummies and shadows which “dance” through the seasons. LLP’s new traveling light-up “Rainbow Labyrinth of Peace,” based on the peacock symbol of transformation, is available for rental. The artist invites you to Washington DC’s LLP Center to ”live labyrinths for peace.”
Born in New York City, and having lived throughout the U.S. and overseas, Wasko-Flood studied art in Rio de Janeiro, at the University of California, Los Angeles, and at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Specializing in print making, her photo etchings and monotypes are in numerous public and private collections: locally, at the College of Notre Dame, Baltimore; the Library of Congress and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC; and internationally at the Museo do Arte Moderno in Buenos Aires, Argentina and the Pushkin Museum in Russia. Having established the print making shop and program at the Lee Arts Center in Arlington, Virginia, she invited Keith Howard to introduce his new safe etching technique there in his first such workshop on the east coast. She uses this safe etching technique in private classes at her former printmaking studio in Alexandria, VA, and now in her home studio in Baltimore. In 1989 Wasko-Flood received a grant from the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA for her photo etchings printed on fabric, and in 1994, the Virginia Commission on the Arts and Humanities, granted her $5,000 for her interactive exhibit, “Dance of the Labyrinth,” exhibited in the same year at Gallery 10 in Washington DC. In 1998, she became a founding member of the Labyrinth Society, and, in the year 2000, directed its first project— a photo exhibit of labyrinths from around the world in the Cannon Rotunda of the U.S. House of Representatives and a labyrinth walking demonstration for inner peace on the east lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Through grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Washington Performing Arts, she continues to conduct “Labyrinths for Creativity and Peace,” workshops in local schools where students paint labyrinths and make wishes for peace: for themselves, family, friends, community, and the world. These experiences led her to create Living Labyrinths for Peace, Inc. (LLP) (www.livinglabyrinthsforpeace.org) whose mission is to create labyrinths of art, science, technology and nature for learning programs that lead the way from inner peace to world peace. Since moving to Baltimore in 2006, she has had an exhibit at the Sub-basement Artist Studios to benefit LLP featuring symbols of circles, spirals and labyrinths as well as her new “Rainbow Labyrinth of Peace.” Using the peacock symbol of transformation with rope lights and rainbow light sequences to the white light, this labyrinth is available for rent, and will be traveling this June to Chicago for a conference at Loyola College. In addition, Wasko-Flood continues her programs with young people through Baltimore’s Banner Neighborhoods where she will lead students to construct an outdoor labyrinth. Her dream is to establish Living Labyrinths for Peace, Inc locally and in New Mexico where she lives half of the year. Presently, the LLP Center in Washington DC is open for walks, workshops, and events. She invites everyone to live labyrinths for peace.