Steven Schroeder

Steven Schroeder

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I am a poet and visual artist who spent many years moonlighting as a philosophy professor — most often in interdisciplinary settings, most recently at the University of Chicago Graham School. I studied at the University of Chicago (where I received my Ph.D. in Ethics and Society in 1982) and Valparaiso University (where I received my B.A. in Psychology in 1974).

I grew up on the High Plains in the Texas Panhandle, and that is where I first learned to take nothing seriously. Emptiness plays an important role in both my poetry and my painting: I often find myself spending as much time on what is not there as on what is. This usually means focusing on a single image and letting the whole composition spring up around it — not a narrative but an all at once that evokes a here and now that is, here, now, neither. A likely story is likely to grow out of this when readers and viewers encounter it, but I hope my art always invites more than it contains.

inflections
inflections
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tree of life 5
tree of life 5
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tree of life 6
tree of life 6
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via crucis
via crucis
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white burns in pitch black
white burns in pitch black
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a cloud of witnesses
a cloud of witnesses
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an earthlike planet 1
an earthlike planet 1
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an earthlike planet 2
an earthlike planet 2
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black alders, gray water
black alders, gray water
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burning off fog
burning off fog
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for Saint Brigid: circle dance
for Saint Brigid: circle dance
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grass to ground and air to skying
grass to ground and air to skying
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leap of faith
leap of faith
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like flint 1
like flint 1
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moonlight
moonlight
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sky waking at twilight
sky waking at twilight
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the last white leaf
the last white leaf
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for Saint Brigid
for Saint Brigid
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like flint 2
like flint 2
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almost human
almost human
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all at once
all at once
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  • $750.00
thirteen ways
thirteen ways
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don't worry about a thing
don't worry about a thing
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study
study
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white burns
white burns
  • 14 x 20 in
  • $500.00