Archive for June 9, 2012

Artists working with the face and figure…….Cecelia Miguez…

The artist is known worldwide for her sculptures that she creates with cast bronze and found materials.

She was born in 1958 in Uruguay.

A brief clip showing the artist at Louis Stern Gallery in Los Angeles, California.

Short documentary on the artist.

What I enjoyed most about the clips, what you can’t find in magazines, is the sheer excitement and joy the artist gets when she is talking about her passion for art. Her facial expression of joy is priceless!

On line and land based galleries-  The Tirage Gallery in Pasadena, California.     http://www.tirageart.com/artists/miguez.shtml

Louis Stern Fine Arts  in West Hollywood, California.     http://www.louissternfinearts.com/newsite/artist_pages/c_miguez/c_miguez_bio.html

The artist is best known for portraying abstract figurative works in both bronze and wood. The artist likes to mix in the theme of flight with the figure. She also uses found and recycled materials in her works.  The artist lives and works out of Los Angeles, California.  Also lives in Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay. Raised in Uruguay her father an engineer and mother a home maker.  The artist enjoyed drawing and so she studied architecture. She gave up early on architecture as she felt in limited her creativity.

She moved to Spain to study art where she fell in love and got married. She moved to Los Angeles and ended up getting divorced but remained in California.

The artist is included in many public and private collection. Her work is in the Latin Museum of Art in Long Beach, California.  The artist is also included in the Long Beach Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Montevideo, California. The late film director Billy Wilder commissioned several commissions.

I enjoy her work as its the characters are imagined, but where reality isn’t so stretched and different from that of a  human, thus making all the works resonate with the viewer. Its great to see the figures she creates out of found objects.

The artist made a great point about visual artists in one of the  interview clips posted above.  She thinks sometimes visual artists have trouble explaining their thesis or feelings behind a work.  As artists we make what we can’t explain easily.

The artist is more about emotions that she can infuse into her characters. And the smile that she got when talking about using found objects in her artwork. She was fascinated by using the found objects as they were made for an entirely different use, and all of the sudden the objects are used as a layer in her artwork. I found this description to fit my feelings towards artists that use recycled material in their works.

If you like this artist be sure and check out the artist Deborah Butterfield who makes very large works also mixing casting with found objects. Butterfield specializes in making horses rather than the human figure but her works are extraordinary in their originality.

I hope you are inspired to create an artwork using recycled materials!

Summer is here! Create!

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