Desert Muses Collaborative Exhibition
Please join us for the Desert Muses Collaborative Exhibition at the Maturango Museum 7 p.m. Friday, June 22. The reception is free and open to the public.
The Desert Muses collaborative exhibition is an opportunity to explore the individual talents and the assemblage art designed and crafted by these four local women artists.
Laura Arns -- Glass - Arson Studio
"I have been making glass sculptures, beads, and other items for over 6 years. I have learned from some of the best, including Loren Stump, Steve Sizelove, Robert Mickelson, Sharon Owens, Steve Sherer, Tom and Sage Holland, and others.
In "real life", I am a research scientist working in computer graphics and virtual reality. Glass work is a great outlet for my more creative side. My recent foray into the world of borosilicate glass has expanded my talents into larger sculptural items, which included my signature goblets. My explorations in “boro” glass also include inclusion-styled marbles and paperweights.
As a former Perdue University professor, I have taken my teaching experience to my studio by offering instruction in the lampworking traditions. I am also trained in some of the silversmithing metal arts and offer classes, especially featuring the ancient craft of Viking knit wire chain making."
Christina Anderson -- Assemblage - Salvaged Remnants Studio
I love words. I live for stories.I love reclaiming “junk”.
There was a time when I only created art from soft textiles. I kept finding “things” that I wanted to merge into my fabric compositions, but did not have the comprehension on how to harmonize the two forms organically.
Then, I stumbled upon the world of Assemblage Art.
I have since designated it my (pre)occupation to rescue and repurpose passed over mementos, obscure curiosities, and discarded scraps. I then reassemble combinations of new and old supplies with cold connection techniques, into fantastical, deeply layered, “re-collections”. Sometimes as suitcase shrines, body adornment, art dolls, or as sculptures.
These up-to-date give fresh narratives to the salvaged elements in an encaptured, microcosmic sacred space. Since returning to California, body adornment has been the main focus of my assemblage skills. I consider these shrine-like jewelry pieces decked on the human body as “portable galleries”. This kind of jewelry gives these freshly woven fables an expansion to new observers/listeners on a daily basis.
As my construction techniques have developed in these found object explorations and experiences, there has been opportunity to pass on this accrued knowledge via instruction in the private and public sector.
I leave you with this one thought-that wee bit of flotsam or scrap one finds out on their daily stroll, may be the perfect remnant to be transformed onto treasure!
Marcy Holbrook -- Ceramics - SmileyCat Studio
"I love clay because it lets me express things that I can’t say in words. It also lets me build a world for myself influenced by stories from my childhood.
I’ve been working with ceramics for 20 years. For the last 7 years, I’ve really been immersed – it is a central force in my life. I have to be involved with some part of the process every day. My surroundings are very conducive to my art: I live in a 100 year old home on the site of the old Kelly Mine in a town of 65 persons called Red Mountain. I also credit the 4D Art Group with providing a forum of support and structure that has kept me moving ahead with my art these last few years.
Art from other cultures has affected me deeply during a lifetime of travels. The central influence on my sculpture is Precolumbian figurative pottery. There’s a strength and connection to the natural world in these pieces that affects me greatly. Crossover between human and animal was an accepted fact of life in Mezoamerica.
I consider my clay work to be functional art for the most part. Here, again, I draw upon the precolumbian ceramic tradition of bowls in animal shapes and containers with birds on them.
Clay is definitely what you call a materials driven art form!
My techniques include Stoneware, Raku and Monoprinting on clay.
I have been with Desert Area Resources and Training for 9 years as INFORM Program Coordinator. Since 2007, I have run an art program for our consumers which has been part of the Open Studio Tour for 3 years now (counting the one coming up). I have also received training from the Arts Council of Kern which enables us to do an Arts4Learning program for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder called "Cartoon Camp"."
Jenni Summers -- Baskets - Woven Summers Studio
"Baskets have been a way of life since the pre-historic times. All peoples, in all areas have evidence of making and using baskets. I started weaving baskets in 2005 while living in Oklahoma. Since then, I have explored a large variety of materials and techniques. I work mostly with reed from the rattan plant or a waxed covered thread called waxed linen. It amazes me how the material transforms into a useable work of art. Some of the baskets require meticulous planning and calculations, while others are more free flowing. I enjoy challenging myself in my weaving, finding ways to use unusual materials or trying new techniques. I also find it quite invigorating to find old baskets and dissect them and then try to replicate them."
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