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Maya Nichols

Contact info:

Grand Junction, CO 81501
p. (617) 359-3594
c. (617) 359-3594
art_mkn@yahoo.com

Areas of Concentration:

Sculpture
Mixed Media, Wood, Hide, Ceramics, Clay, Saggar, Salt, Raku Pottery, Hand-built Ceramics, Wire
Jewelry
Mixed Media, Sterling, Gemstone, Metal, Ceramics, Clay, Beadwork, Glass, Stone
Drawing/Illustration
Mixed Media, Acrylic, Pastel, Pencil, Graphite, Pen & Ink, Charcoal, Gouache, Watercolor

Affiliations:

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Gallery

Earth Rebirth Of Tides Lunar #2 Lunar Eggs at The Winery Gumball Machines

Biography & Artist's Statements

For me, the creative process is an avenue towards personal growth and understanding.  I create art as a way to acknowledge various aspects of life.  Each piece has the potential to celebrate, honor, or comment on something of importance.  The progression of creating each piece, from conception to fruition encourages exploration followed by a great sense of release and enthusiasm.

 As a multi-media artist, there are times the media or material inspire my ideas.  Also inspired by nature, it is life cycles such as birth, death, and transition that I find most fascinating.  A caterpillar’s metamorphosis into a butterfly or fertilized egg’s growth into a complex animal are just two manifestations of life cycles that stimulate my work.  Clay is one of my favorite materials to work with because with it I’m able to physically represent my ideas, in addition to being fun and calming to work with.   My favorite tool is a metal scraper with teeth.  This tool becomes an extension of my hand that I can use to smooth, shape, cut, scrape, roughen, score, and burnish the clay.

 Many patterns emerge in my work.  Most recently, the theme has been life and light within a subject.  I really enjoy working with light, whether contained in or glowing from a piece.  I use light as a visual element in some pieces, while intending it to be symbolic of life or energy in other pieces.

 I’ve had the desire to be creative since I was a child.  My drive to make art continued through high school painting, drawing, and ceramics classes to a Fine Arts Degree.  After college, I stopped making art for a while only to find discontent until beginning again.  Artistic expression is now a way of life for me.


 

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