Free Artist Talk & Reception with our Fall 2021 Resident Artist!
WED August 11, 2021
Artist Talk: 5:30-6:00pm-ish PT / 8:30-9:00pm-ish ET
You’re invited to meet and learn more about our newest resident artist, Gabriela Martinez (Gabo). This event will be held outdoors in the Secret Garden, please feel free to bring something to share! If you are not local and would like to join a zoom presentation of the artist talk, please:
From her letter of intent, she states, “This residency would provide me with time and space to develop my newest body of work that
explores how we manifest our own narratives of resistance, healing and survival. I would be
exploring this concept with text-based imagery and motifs based on research of indigenous
technologies to render ceramic and print pieces that expound upon the Mexican American
identity. Carving my own poetry onto vessel forms allows me to reflect on my suffering and
struggles as a Latinx woman. Clay can be used as a vehicle for immortalizing my emotions,
which allows me to embrace my self-truth. Being aware of my self-truth brings me
empowerment and healing. I wish to share my story and demonstrate the transformative power
of art in order to encourage my community to do the same.”
Gabriela “Gabo” Martinez was born in Tarimoro, Guanajuato, MX and currently lives 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.