I aim to create sculptures that evoke a landscape, in which the feeling, memories, shapes, and colors of a place are distilled into a type of totem: an object of beauty, mystery and silent power.

I am of the desert. The stillness, the muted colors, the unique sculptural qualities of the plants and cacti, and all the singularly beautiful rocks of my birthplace, the Sonoran Desert, have lodged themselves in my brain.

A found rock becomes art; I recreate it in clay, I decorate it with jewels. I elevate the quiet beauty of the desert for others to see and, in doing so, I submit the artwork as a sacred offering back to nature.

To make my sculptures, I use traditional silversmithing techniques combined with clay hand-building. The materiality of the pieces is integral to the design. I delight in the gem-like quality of the vitreous enamel pieces and the way that the polished and more opulent surfaces contrast and embellish the earthy rawness of clay.

contact: aqcatalina@gmail.com

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