This Saturday’s opening reception was very exciting and much anticipated for me, returning to my roots in Santa Ynez to show my artwork in my first solo gallery exhibit. It couldn’t get much better to see old and new friends, artists and appreciators, together at the opening to the show.
Here are some shots from the opening mingled with some shots of the artwork:
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Title: Grin and Nod
Medium: Bronze and wood.
Description: This piece satirically portrays fulfilling expectations and social norms, and the aspect of performance in daily life. Darkly whimsical, it grins with a face painted white like a mime or harlequin and nods on wooden rockers with safety guards, reminiscent of a childhood rocking horse.
This video titled “Diti,” meaning divided self, was inspired by the composition and content of Frida Kahlo’s double self-portrait “Dos Fridas,” and portrays the divisions in our identity that create dissonance and complexity within our daily life and sense of self. In Kahlo’s painting, her European self sits with a surgical clamp that is not quite able to keep her blood from spilling on a stark white dress, while her Mexican side sits with her blood circulating around a photo of her husband, Diego Rivera, as a child. In my video, Ghazala Rafiq is portrayed with her Western academic self initially rejecting integration with her spiritual Eastern Indian self, until they both dissolve. I’m interested in drawing attention to the disparate parts within each person’s psychology and somehow integrating them through dialogue and interaction.
A high fire Tenmoku tea set, including a teapot, creamer, sugar jar, two vases, and two cups.
Title: Selves – 1 of 3
Dimensions: 3x ~(4″x2″x2″)
Description: This grouping alludes to the disparate and disconnected roles or parts played out within each of us. It starts off with a solid bronze head, and continues with two increasingly less material castings from the original. Reflections on more or less substantial roles or parts of a single person’s integral self.
Description: This bronze self-portrait reflects the act of taking in and pushing out, which includes both the literal act of breathing, and the less obvious flow of dialogue, information, conversation, etc. It’s a meditation on allowing a series of interactions to take place, internally and externally.
Title: Farmed (Chicken and egg)
Medium: Cardboard, glue, metallic spray
Description: This piece reflects upon animal treatment and use in our culture. It also comments on mindset, parenting, and psychological awareness.