Artist Stevie Grueter digs rocks out of the ground with a railroad spike. She's barely 5 feet tall and lugs them home like she's cradling a baby. That's where her art begins — on the uneven surfaces of rocks.
Her life began in the rubble of an earthquake. It struck the Greek island of Crete, killing her parents.
"I was just six days old,” Grueter says. “They found me in a basket with a luxury blanket and powdered milk and a note stating my first name and that I was to be baptized.”
Her adoptive mother brought her to Ann Arbor, Mich., and later Cincinnati. She remembers her childhood in fragments, woven through our conversations about her artwork. At Thunder-Sky, Inc. in Northside where she is exhibiting, the uncanny characters in her art and her life emerge.
Order of Selection opens with a reception 6-10 p.m. Friday at Thunder-Sky, Inc. (4573 Hamilton Ave., Northside) and continues through Oct. 14. Go here to read Selena Reder's full interview.