Ceramics Artist in Resident Solo Exhibition November 5- 27, 2021
Opening Reception: Friday, November 5, 5:30-7:30pm PT
We are expecting a crowd! Please pre-register for viewing slots by clicking HERE. First come first serve spots will also be available at the door.
For Members: Join us for a champagne toast 5:00pm-5:30pm and conversation with artist in residence, Gabo Martinez. Registration coming soon. Not a member? Click here for membership info.
Artist Talk: 6:00pm – 6:30-ish PT / 9:00-9:30pm-ish ET
Open for viewing 11/5-11/27 10am-4pm or by appointment.
Earth Flower // Flor De Barro invites its viewers to experience an immersive
installation-based exhibition. Inspired by her indigenous Mexican culture and
her research into Native American visual traditions, Gabo works with terracotta
clay, sgraffito technique, and vibrantly colored slips. Her pieces recall imagery
of Guanajuato, where she spent her summers, and evoke the artist’s ongoing
reconciliation of civilizations, languages, and generations.
Earth Flower began as an exploration of different mediums and the visual
textures that often overlap during the process of making. This exhibition utilizes
Printmaking and Ceramics; displaying both disciplines & allowing them to
visually interact. The colors, motifs and symbols displayed are conceptually
rooted in ‘Mexicanidad’ & this exhibition aims to honor Indigenous clay
technology and visual legacies.
This event will be held in Gallery 212 and outdoors on the pack patio of the Community Center.
If you are not local and would like to join a zoom presentation of the artist talk, please:
Gabo’s Artist Statement:
“I make ceramics, works on paper, and functional vessels inspired by indigenous
Mexican and Native American visual traditions. My work is primarily wheel
thrown, sometimes stacked to produce large forms. I glaze the pieces with
vibrant slip and carve patterns into the surface. The repetition of carved shapes
not only recalls the complex history of labor and production in Mexican
craftwork, but also a sense of progress, meditation, and healing that is only
possible over time. Acknowledging these themes is an offering of love to my
viewer and to myself.
It is my goal to create a body of work that communicates how we manifest the
stories, skills, and sanctity of the generations that came before us.”
Gabriela “Gabo” Martinez was born in Tarimoro, Guanajuato, MX and currently is the resident artist at Sonoma ceramics, Sonoam Community Center, most recently livin in Houston, TX. She earned her BFA in Studio Art with a concentration in Ceramics from Texas State
University in 2018. Inspired by her indigenous Mexican culture and her research into Native American visual
traditions, Gabo works with terracotta clay, sgraffito technique, and vibrantly colored slips. Her
pieces recall imagery of the Mexican towns where she spent her summers, and evoke the
artist’s ongoing reconciliation of civilizations, languages, and generations.
The Artist in Residence program is one example of Sonoma Community Center’s programming that supports artists from diverse backgrounds, to share unique perspectives around art, culture, and community.