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A Visit With Marie EvB Gibbons

Posted in Ceramic, Marie Gibbons on August 8th, 2012 by Alice – 2 Comments

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Marie EvB Gibbons

"Two" - Marie EvB Gibbons

When I was in Colorado, I dropped in to visit with Marie Gibbons in her Denver Colorado studio where I was delighted to be able to talk with her and be inspired by her and her work.

“TWO” is a re-visit in many ways to the first pieces that I created when I first began working in clay, intimate sizes (from 12 – 24″ in height) and completely hand built figures. As always, my inspiration for the work is my impressions, thoughts, experiences in life, this series looks at the relationships between 2. The ying and yang of a couple: friends, siblings, strangers, and the dichotomy found in one. Each couple has their own connection, they do not necessarily connect to the group as a whole, just their partner.”


My first encounter with Marie’s work was her “Float” series. It’s still my favorite work of Marie’s, I’m lucky to own one of the swimmers.

"Float" - Marie EvB Gibbons

"Float" - Marie EvB Gibbons

“FLOAT” is a series that began in 2004.  As in most of my work, it was spurred by actual life experiences that were part of my being at the time… 2 teenagers in the house, one in the height of ‘teenage angst’ and me trying to stay ‘a-float”  It dawned on me … the parallels between learning to swim (my roots to the ocean, growing up on Long Island, NY) — if you stay calm, relax, you become buoyant — your body floats to the surface.  If you freak out, you sink like a stone.  Same for getting through trying situations… stay calm, keep your head, and you can move through most anything, freak out and things only get worse.  The swimmers evolved from these thoughts, heads at different levels of buoyancy…. some fully up out of the water, others eyes only, then eyes, nose, then eyes nose and mouths…. different stages of surviving.”

Tidepool -Marie EvB Gibbons

Tidepool -Marie EvB Gibbons

“I worked on this series for about 6 years, it was shown in various site specific installations over the years.  The original, first grouping consisted of about 50 heads at various levels of buoyancy in a faux swimming pool that was 8′ x 16′, created from floor tile that was painted to create a watery surface, boardered with white tile.  The space had buckets of chlorine water hidden so that it smelt like a public swimming pool when you entered the gallery.  Another installation presented through 6 smaller pools, called “Tide Pools”  installed in the gallery at University of Northern Colorado, Greeley.”


Another fabulous collection featured on her website is sculpted books - figures incorporated into old books. Being a fan of both, I can’t help but be drawn to this series.

obsession - Marie EvB Gibbons

obsession - Marie EvB Gibbons

“Spindle, fold, cut … Combining old books and figurative elements in clay, this and that = words becoming more than an written inspiration, they also become part of the art. Ceramic doll parts, found objects, encased in beeswax and/or resin.”

words - Marie EvB Gibbons

words - Marie EvB Gibbons

Marie is a generous instructor as well. Each First Friday in her art filled studio she leads a group of lucky students in an exciting and fun ceramic project.

Turtles - EvB studio

Turtles - EvB studio

This Month is was turtles, next month will be something just as interesting and inviting. A couple of months ago it was rattles, I’m crazy about these guys.  If you are ever in Denver on a First Friday, you’ll want to be sure and check with Marie and see what she’s cooking up for you.

But you don’t have to make it there for First Friday, you can visit anytime. She even gives private parties at evb•studio – 4343 W. 44th Ave – Denver, CO 80212 - PH: 720-234-7337

Rattles---Marie-EvB-Gibbons

You can also follow Marie on Facebook where she has over 500 photos of her work and others to inspire and encourage you.

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The Realistic Sculpture of Carole A. Feuerman

Posted in Realistic, Videos on May 23rd, 2009 by Alice – Be the first to comment

Public Art Grande Catalina, Venice Biennale 2007Carole A. Feuerman is considered to be one of America’s most important realist sculptors. Her work certainly takes your breath away. I was amazed at the size of some of her figures. I particularly find her figures coming out of walls intriguing.

Splash Oil and Resin, 2008 15" x 12" x 5"

Her honors include: First prize at the 2008 Beijing Biennale, Inclusion in the 2008 Olympic Fine Arts Exhibition, the Peabody Award, the Betty Parson Sculpture Award, and the Medici Award. Her work is in the collections of President Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Clinton, Dr. Kissinger, President Gorbachov, and the Forbes Magazine Art Collection, among others. She has been included in shows at museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. You can read more of her Bio here.

Carole A. Feuermann in her studio

“All of my life, making art has been my passion. As I have experienced life, the forms that my work has taken have evolved and deepened. I want my art to inspire the viewer to look closely at what stands before them. It is not the fleeting moment that I want to capture, but the universal feeling caught in that fleeting moment. I want the viewer to complete the story when he looks at my sculpture, to reflect and feel touched. If I can create a work of art that can touch each generation, that would be my masterpiece.” –Carole Feuerman

Carole has a new book out that she talks about in the video below. To take a closer look, see the link on the top right side of this page. Enjoy her video.

Visit Carole’s website for more fabulous photos of her work.

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