Angela Mia de la Vega states: “Freedom of spirit is my work's purpose: to uplift and inspire feelings of pure love and joy. My fulfillment as an artist is complete if I feel that my sculpture stirs or awakens personal emotion in the hearts of its viewers. As I sculpt, I listen to an enduring memory of my own experiences. Each sculpture begins as dramatic light and shadows over form. Unique details then deliver a responding body that listens as a live face does.”
Gwen Marcus, known as a child prodigy, Gwen Marcus began creating her first sculptures at the age of nine. Praised for her accuracy and sensitivity toward the human form, Marcus intends for her pieces, whether of a nude leaning over the water's edge or a woman carrying a basket, to exude strength, energy, spirituality and sensuality.
Critics have praised Marcus for her sensitivity and comprehension of the human form. Each figure is “powerfully executed and finished with meticulous attention to detail,” demonstrating her insistence on the highest degree of excellence and quality in her work. Marcus’s “ability to capture movement and emotion in her subjects, along with their inner and outer beauty,” is what distinguishes her work.
Dan McDermott states: “My aim in making a sculpture is to create a form of the figure that is abstracted to some degree. While keeping to a figurative framework, I search for interesting ways to model it in the clay. I use an oil based clay which allows me time to work and rework the piece without the concern of the clay drying out as is the case with water-based clay. I try to minimize detail and look for long, fluid lines whenever possible.”
All three visions come together in one show at Gallery 901 at 555 Canyon Road in Santa Fe, NM from February 4, 2017 to March 3, 2017. Come feel the emotions.