1920 - 2018
Art Was Her Life
From the early 1960s through the 1990s, Wienholt primarily worked using the Lost Wax Method. She molded in wax and, with her touch, left behind finger prints. She constructed with wax slabs and used found objects that could incinerate at high heat. She built slurry solution shells to overlay her wax models, including strategically placed sprues for air escape and bronze entry. Wienholt participated in or oversaw most foundry work, including the wax burn out, pouring of molten bronze and removal of sprues. She finished her casts by filing and grinding, completing her bronze pieces with patinas.
Wienholt’s sculpture demonstrates her long, comfortable reach between realistic, human or animal figures and abstract, symbolic ones. Whether archetypal or humorous in its intent, each piece delivers the sheer force of weight and mass into form.