ABOUT the ARTIST
Sculptor . Artist
Nature infuses the artist's work whether in sculptures or drawings. Sometimes she casts into the bronze actual branches and leaves. This makes them singular and textured.
The artist cast the large floor sculptures and smaller tabletop sculptures traditionally using the lost wax hot cast method. Bronze casting is a labor-intensive and costly method but time-honored. It was a dream come true when she did this at SJSU to get her MFA (Master of Fine Arts degree. The camaraderie of students and professors at the foundry facility were extraordinary).
In Xuaca Sculpture and Drawings Installation the artist learned rites and rituals from indigenous cultures to see how grieving at death could be done with more meaning.
In my search I discovered the rituals of an early preliterate ancient cultures. The people were sad too bc they missed them. How did they grieve I wondered. I found they reconstructed the body and In the process of re-membering, they remembered. The physical process of gathering, re-creating, weaving the body together was imbued with the shared feeling of communal weaving together of memories.
She states "The process of collecting materials engaged my remembering process in my bones and I felt deeper gratitude for the loved one." She is glad to see the rise of direct burials under the forest canopy, where family can come together and feel inter-connected, grieve while feeling deeply rooted in the land and in the cycles of life and death.
The most recent bas reliefs/medallions sculptures represent the wild and strong indigenous women: warrior queens and cultural figures that were the equals of men. She created these by cold casting which makes them more accessible. They are ready to hang or stand on the table and are distressed because you found them in an archeological dig (!) The Bas Relief /Medallions sculptures are here.
As mentioned above the artist looks to indigenous cultures for wisdom and admires the culture bearers who stand strong at the edge. They lead through wise words and actions and hold the torch for others to follow. They are of rare impeccable character and are the movers and shakers of change. Represented in Works on Paper: Charcoal Drawings are some of the Pomo Basket Weavers, the standup people of the Pomo community.
In Works on Paper: Charcoal Drawings are also California forest, coast, mountains. paths through misty woods, strange botanicals, seeds, lichen, mushrooms. Drawing in nature for the artist--as with most people in nature--is a spiritual communion: meditative, peaceful, simple act of gratitude when one feels open, spacious. The light in the drawing could signify the opening of the heart and mind. Often there exists a symmetry between what we all feel in our souls and observe and experience in nature.
Charcoal is the go-to medium for the artist because of its immediacy. Each image is a negative image from its black background. Essentially the main drawing tool is the eraser. The digital prints are created from the original charcoal drawings on textured watercolor paper from the best rated printer in Germany, Whitewall.
As the buyer or collector be assured that these are contemporary, modern and accomplished abstract drawing prints. The Xuaca Installation Original Drawings were shown at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art and reviewed favorably in the quarterly magazine Artweek.
"A gift is a thing we do not get by our own efforts. We cannot buy it; we cannot acquire it through an act of will. It is bestowed upon us."-Lewis Hyde
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