Steve Hosch is an Ames, Iowa, area collage and assemblage artist. His artistic journey began as a child when he searched the riverbanks, woods, and trash heaps in and around his Northeast Iowa hometown, dragging home oddities that caught his eye. Nowadays, that treasure hunting kid is still alive and well, transforming the seemingly mundane into works of art.
Other than the two years he spent as a frustrated graphic design major in college, Steve's a self-trained artist. Since 1992 he’s worked as a high school special needs educator, a career choice that requires the much needed catharsis provided by his art. In 2005 Steve began creating vessels and masks made from hard shell gourds. However, in the summer of 2010 his creative attention turned to assemblage and collage, mediums he continues to explore today.
Sometimes playful, sometimes dark, for the most part his art is an attempt to question, poke fun at, or criticize human nature--particularly the consumer, fear-driven version of human nature that seems to dominate today's American culture.