Whew! His sculptures are funny and strange and horrifying..... "To create an intriguing experience for the viewer, either in person physically, or by photograph, or through a computer monitor. Fascinate, engage, repel, stimulate."Joseph Seigenthaler who never ceases to surprise us through his psycho creations currently resides in Chicago, Illinois, where he has exhibited his figurative sculpture for the past 20 years.
Having received the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1981 from the Memphis College of Art's painting department, he soon began fabricating on a freelance basis life-size, realistic wax figures for various wax museums, primarily in Nashville and Tamworth, Australia. The technical processes gained from this three year period were to become influential on the development of his later exploration with large, over life-size figuration. From 1984 to 1986 he attended the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, Tennessee, where he became exposed to the possibilities of using fired clay as a medium for self expression. In 1987, he was awarded a three year tuition scholarship from Northern Illinois University, where in 1990 he received the Master of Fine Arts degree. Seigenthaler has taught figurative clay and sculpture at the University of Montana, Missoula,
Apart from various prestigious scholarships and awards his work is included in numerous private collections and in the permanent collections of the Contemporary Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin, and Museo de Escultura Figurativa Internacional Contemporánea, Spain.