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The Sierra Arts Foundation’s mission as a local arts agency since 1971 is to be the region’s premier arts organization with an emphasis on teaching, nurturing and supporting the arts in our community. Sierra Arts strives to provide education opportunities for artists of all ages, as well as development and training, financial support and promotional and marketing assistance. Sierra Arts creates and manages spaces and venues throughout our community for artists to perform and display their work.
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The Abraham and Sonia Rochlin Foundation
Art4Moore - Tides Foundation
The Arthur and Mae Orvis Foundation
Blanchard, Krasner & French Attorneys at Law
City of Reno Arts
City of Reno Arts & Culture Commission
Community Foundation of Western Nevada
E.L. Cord Foundation
Kinder Morgan Foundation
Healing Healthcare Systems
Nugget Casino Resort
Marshall R Matley Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
Nell J Redfield Foundation
Nevada Arts Council
Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts
Reno Riverwalk Merchants Association
Robert Z Hawkins Foundation
Washoe County School District
Wild River Grille
Coming Going Being
Exhibition Dates: Jan. 2-27, 2017
By juxtaposing diverse images in these fragment-like wall pieces, I can investigate and visually present the different aspects of my ideas.
Using mostly my own photographs, I continually experiment with transfer techniques and
decals to layer images and patterns in multiple firings. The results are spontaneous narratives that are both specifically personal to me yet present an ambiguity in the fused overlapping elements that are open to interpretation. Many of my photographs are taken while driving, without aiming or composing the image. The result is a kind of graphic sampling of narrative patterns, instead of pictures of specific things or places. Often I am surprised by the unplanned compositions.
Working in layers allows me to address moving between different realities: being in liminal space. I grew up between two cultures and this has underscored my feeling of always being in between, encountering disparate elements and realities everywhere. In this space I draw on images from my experience; places, people and elements that have been important to me as well as emotionally neutral features of the natural and man-made world around me. My ceramic work has allowed me to pull these disintegrating pieces together into personal and abstracted narratives.
I purposely make distressed slab constructions, with rough edges and areas that will crack, to let the clay do what it does. I work with what happens in the ceramic process,
adapting to rather than imposing my will on what comes out of each firing.