Dewey Blocksma

Beulah, MI


Material:  Multi-media

Created in 2017/2018

Grand Traverse Portage was installed in the Walk of Art in 2018, the third of Dewey Blocksma's works to be displayed in the park.  Blocksma is a Michigan artist who earned a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Wheaton College in Illinois, and who worked as an emergency room physician for ten years after graduating from Northwestern University Medical School. He is now an artist full-time. At a glance, Dewey’s work is whimsical and witty. His sculptures are an extension of his toy-making experiences developed in childhood while living on the border of India and Pakistan where conventional children’s toys were unavailable. Dewey’s art also has a profound level. The concept of beauty is prevalent in his work. He challenges the notion of classical beauty by intentionally making his forms imperfect. His paintings are moments out of his life, vignettes collected, nuances captured. “I use painting as a way to figure out what I’m trying to say, not as a way to explain what I’m thinking.”

“Portage – the transport of one’s possessions between bodies of water could be interpreted to include our psychological baggage. A Grand Traverse is made possible by portages.”

Approximate dimensions and weight:

8’w x 15’ h x 3 ’d

400 pounds


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