Pieper Fleck Bloomquist
Pieper Fleck Bloomquist is a contemporary folk artist based in Grand Forks, ND. Pieper has been painting in the traditions of Scandinavian folk painting since 1993 – focusing on using the old Swedish folk-art styles of dalmålning and bonadsmålning to tell modern stories. Using traditional materials of linen/jute, homemade gesso, and egg tempera, Pieper enjoys creating painted tapestries with scenes that narrate modern human stories - drawing inspiration from family traditions, her experience as an oncology nurse working with life and death, and current events such as the COVID-19 pandemic. She playfully incorporates the floral forms, borders, layout, and perspective of the past to depict scenes that — while personal to her — portray universal human experiences and daily activities of rural life in the upper Midwest.