Guest Artist Jacqueline Mallegni
We are delighted to welcome Jacqueline Mallegni to the gallery.
Please join us on Saturday, November 5 from 5 – 7 pm for a reception with the artist.
I began making Japanese style paper in 1989. The making of paper, to me, was a synthesis of prior years working with weaving and basketry techniques. What really caught my attention was the way the fibers were revealed when held up to the light. One day while making paper I was taken back twenty years to a time when I collected natural materials for dying wool to be used on the Navajo loom I had made. I would extract the plant material keeping the dye-bath. In papermaking, I extract the bath and keep the cooked plant material to add texture and color to kozo, paper mulberry bark. My breath was taken away at the awareness of coming full circle.
Since then the philosophies of simplicity, humility and the concepts of the quintessential Japanese aesthetic, wabi-sabi, have guided me toward a deeper relationship with the materials I use in my work with papermaking, illuminated sculpture and stone carving. The corroboration that arises from working with natural materials opens my eyes to a way of seeing the world around me, affirms my intuition and belief that it is possible to integrate art as a way of being and encourages my development of focus and intent, infusing it with subtlety and fluidity. It is this tension between structure and chaos, discipline and passion and the tranquil beauty that manifests in sculpture that has captivated my attention and motivates me to further explore the uses of organic materials in my artwork.
Reflecting on a period in my life that involved learning about patience, the Suspendere series was born using cast kozo fiber as a focal point, integrated with wood and stone.
Inspired by the Chama River Valley, the New Mexico landscape and the transitory path my life has taken, the Full Moon Boat series emerged. Always enchanted by spiritual practices of ancient peoples, theopen vessel form has been a recurring theme in my work for decades.
Guest Artist Judy Poldi
Trading in her paint brush for a knife, Judy Poldi has found new freedom in her process, allowing free-flowing gestures and a bold intuitive style to come through as she moves paint around her canvas. With her recent work Poldi composes richly layered surfaces, which resolve into an orchestrated balance that she refers to as ‘woven oneness’. These combined words get to the heart of things for Poldi – life is a madly beautiful, all-encompassing web, all parts holding all things together. Our moments of seeing the big picture are fleeting and impossible to grab in words, but visually emotional responses help to bear witness. Her buoyant and spontaneous abstract expressions are on large surfaces, yet feel like they can barely contain within their edges, her joyous responses to nature and the nature of life.
Judy Poldi is an award-winning artist, whose first solo show in 1997, a great success, led her to the Arts and Consciousness program at John F. Kennedy University in Berkeley, California, where she received an MFA in 2003. Her studies there led Poldi in a more internal and spiritual direction with her work. Now a resident of Santa Fe, Judy Poldi has a studio on Canyon Road, where she conducts private workshops on freeing up the creative process. To view more of Judy Poldi’s work and learn about her teaching, visit her websites at http://www.jpoldi.com and http://www.twoartsstudio.com.