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Watch: Mark Vollenweider’s mighty pen

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“I’ve spent a lot more time thinking about the world I’d like to live in, than the world that we do live in,” Mark Vollenweider told Little Village. During a studio visit, the Iowa City artist talked about discovering his artistic medium, the impact of COVID-19 and politics on his work and how anger can stifle art.

Vollenweider, who started drawing as a young child growing up in Waterloo, doesn’t strive for strict realism in his work, but instead presents an “impression of people or impressions of a situation or a type of person, just from my perspective.”

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