To recap of our sixth annual designedCOLLECTIVE event, Architexture: Elements In Transformation, we want to take a moment to introduce you to the artists showcased at the studio. Equally talented as they are charming, we invite you to take a look at the authentic process that goes behind their work.
Through the years, my devotion to discovery and my own artistic process grows. Each new piece stands as a revelation and reflection of my life. Raised in a family of Native American women, my creative process is founded on a deep-rooted reverence for nature. I incorporate nature-inspired, organic lines and a layering of materials in my art. My sculptures are fluid and tend to draw the eye upward. Hope and optimism are major components of my art.
In my most recent sculpture series, I use wood collected from dilapidated, dismantled homes. I reshape and refinish the wood, leaving old paint, nails, worm holes--hints of a past identity. While the final product is a new piece, it is laden with a history that is undeniable. Such is the path of life. We are born into a life defined by the circumstances of past generations. Unable to deny our past, we must incorporate it. It is up to us to make our lives our own: to improve, to struggle to craft something new out of the old. With persistence, we are transformed. Our reward is a better life to pass on to future generations.
A pillar is a strong foundation. Uproot a pillar and suspend it from a chain, it is now kinetic and engaging. My “suspended pillars” show is a continuation of my “Minor Identity Crisis” show that reflects on the multitude of personal manifestations people may take on as they overcome fear. The pillars are literally multi faceted, as are we, and force the viewers to engage with the art. After years of making large scale pieces that overwhelmed the ambience of a room but could be viewed from a safe distance, I now want to create pieces that we can walk amongst, bump into, and view from different angles.
Each vantage point offers a unique experience as different colors and shapes are exposed. A subtle breeze or shoulder bump will set change the visual experience. Just as we see more sides of ourselves as we explore and look within. we see more sides of the art as we engage it and walk amongst it.
I work with earthen materials and limestone plasters to explore visceral landscapes of elemental abstraction.
I’m fascinated and seduced by textures throughout the natural and urban world. I see my work as sculptural exploration, and I use techniques and processes to generate organic textural results that can exist both as tactile object and abstract landscape. The landscape format creates a space I can inhabit and engage with in a physical and instinctual way.
I work with natural plaster materials that I have become familiar with in my decade plus of work in plaster wall finish design, and I enjoy pushing these plasters further as expressive art materials.
My work allows me a space to explore textural concepts and develop elemental, abstract landscapes that are both familiar and imagined.