Vicki Eldridge

Vicki Eldridge: Transforming Recycled Materials into Artistic Masterpieces

Vicki Eldridge is a renowned artist whose work not only captivates the eye but also speaks to the heart of sustainability. With a deep commitment to recycling, Vicki has become known for her innovative use of recycled materials in her art projects.

One of Vicki’s notable contributions to public art is the Bradley Funeral Home Resting Flag, a striking installation that honors and commemorates the lives of veterans. Her creativity also shines through in the Antigo Fire Department Badge Sculptures, where she beautifully melds art and community service.

In addition to these large-scale projects, Vicki has been a consistent participant in AVA’s gallery shows, showcasing her talent for transforming everyday materials into works of art. Her commitment to sustainability is evident in her choice of materials, with almost every piece incorporating recycled elements.

One of Vicki’s award-winning pieces is “Ethyl,” an eagle made solely from plastic bottle caps. This unique artwork has been traveling around our town on display in various businesses and is currently exhibited inside the city offices of Antigo.

Vicki’s dedication to her craft has not gone unnoticed, as she has received numerous accolades for her work. She has been awarded 1st place twice in AVA gallery shows, including a recent honor with a WRAP state award. Her ability to create beauty from waste is a testament to her artistic vision and environmental ethos.

Overall, Vicki Eldridge’s art serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of sustainability and the transformative power of art. Through her work, she inspires others to see the beauty in everyday materials and to consider the impact of their actions on the world around them.

Vicki Eldridge’s Artwork

Forest Story

While taking my dog Willow for a walk in the creek, I stumbled upon a fascinating piece of wood protruding from the water. Its stubs jutted out in every direction, and I immediately envisioned it as the perfect perch for the skull I had just finished. This skull was unique for me—it was my first with a white base, giving it a slightly blue hue that happened to match some of the veins in the wood. I wanted this piece to be seen in a different light than my previous work, which had all been hung up. Inspired to create a seated sculpture, I lugged the water-soaked wood about a mile home, dried it out, and after an hour of repositioning, found the perfect spot to mount it. With the addition of beehives, turkey tail mushrooms, and moss, the sculpture transformed into a captivating “forest story.”