Editor’s note: Each week in the Get Out section, we will profile an artist involved in the “Keyed Up Kenosha” outdoor art project.
Simple but elegant.
That’s the look Beki Marquardt was going for in beautifying her upright piano with a colorful, abstract floral pattern for the “Keyed Up Kenosha” art project.
Here is a closer look at Marquardt and her unique creation.
Occupation: Freelance designer and artist
Piano Theme: “Summer Breeze”
Location: Wine Knot Bar & Bistro, 5611 Sixth Ave.
Question: What is your background/experience as an artist?
Answer: I always did a lot of art through my childhood and then went off to art school at the Art Institute of Chicago. I have my bachelor’s degree in fine arts. I do a lot of interior design and I have my own business (www.bekimarquardt.com).
Question: What do you enjoy about creating art?
Answer: It’s 100 percent me. It’s a way to express myself. I’m able to cultivate all my creativeness and energy through it. It’s a way of expression.
Question: What can you tell me about your piano? I love the floral design.
Answer: Thank you so much. My heart lies in abstract work. You can see where the free, hand-brush strokes are. I was thinking about summer and what people would appreciate. I thought about floral patterns and a way to introduce motion. That’s where “Summer Breeze” came from.
Question: What was the most difficult part of painting a piano?
Answer: I’ve never painted an instrument, let alone one that’s outside. I had to make sure there was (polyurethane) on it so it would last.
Question: Is there anything you would’ve done differently?
Answer: As an artist, I feel like every piece I create I look at it and find something I could alter. Ultimately, you have to step back and enjoy the simplicity of it. I really like it. I’m humbled that people enjoy it so much. I definitely enjoyed doing it.
Question: Have you seen anyone play it?
Answer: I have. There are some really talented musicians around here. I went to the grand showing of the pianos. I told everyone if I saw someone playing it, I’d probably start crying.
Question: If you could have only one song played on this piano, what would it be and why?
Answer: I’m going to get nerdy here. It would probably be (Beethoven’s) “Moonlight Sonata in C Minor.” It’s my favorite classical piece.
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