This user account status is Approved

Animals have no race, religion, or creed, can be as easily feminine as masculine or somewhere in between. Therefore, they can tell universal stories which weave anthropology, art history, and spirituality – our shared humanness – better than their human counterparts.

About Me

Enhanced by printmaking’s history of narrative, my work explores the shared histories of humans, as told by animals. These compositions are full of animals within animals, a reference to animal cognition and spirits within animal bodies. Personal narrative is woven with mythical symbols and stories which make these pieces both familiar and challenging. Animals have no race, religion, or creed, can be as easily feminine as masculine or somewhere in between. Therefore, they can tell universal stories which weave anthropology, art history, and spirituality – our shared humanness – better than their human counterparts. In our ever changing and sometimes frightful present day, we need to be reminded of the universality of all things, including the human race.

I am a printmaker, artist and entrepreneur, born and raised in Denver, CO, now residing in Greeley, CO where I co-own and operate Wonderhand Studios, a cooperative printmaking studio. I officially fell in love with printmaking in college and earned my BFA from The Metropolitan University of Denver and then pursued my MFA in printmaking from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. I have been the recipient of the Laila Twigg Smith Artist Residency Program at the Donkey Mill Arts Center, in Kona, HI, the Brush Creek Artist Residency in Saratoga, WY, Jentel Artist Residency in Banner, WY and was an Artist in Residence at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, CO. My work has found homes in collections worldwide, and more of it can be found on my website, www.johannamuellerprints.com.

Examples of My Work

Fun Facts

Tears - First Time I cried in front of a work of art was in the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City in front of "La Nueva Democracia" by David Alfaro Siqueiros.
Museum Geek - When my husband and I travel we haunt museums. Our record was 10 in 4 days in Vienna, Austria.
Feeling Frisky - I ran a marathon and 3 half marathons as my idea of "fun", but when feeling my most frisky, I jumped out of a plane over Canyon Lands in Utah with another human strapped to my back.
Pup Love - My dog is a malamute mix, she pouts when I am absent, and I secretly love it.
Travel in the USA- I've been to every state except Maine and Alaska; mostly by car, for a long time I felt most at home behind the steering wheel.

More About Me

What gives you goosebumps?

I was in the Renwick Museum in Washington DC, and turned a corner, to see a rabbit as large as me recoiling in fear. I gasped loudly and stepped back, afraid I had scared the poor creature so badly. The rabbit was a sculpture by Beth Cavener, it still gives me goosebumps to think of how this inanimate object made me feel.

What do you want to learn next?

I'm learning Spanish, and would love to revisit American Sign Language, one of my favorite classes in college. I also love woodworking - it is one of my dreams to make a chair!

What one (art) item can you not do or go without?

My etching press. I have bumper sticker a friend gave me that reads "I collect heavy machinery" - and it is so true! I have eight printing presses, and yes, that is too many. Seven of the eight are, however, available for the public to use at Wonderhand Studios, a communal printshop which I co-own and operate.