To make my sculptures, I use traditional silversmithing techniques and hand-building in clay. The materiality of the work is important to me. I like the gem-like quality that vitreous enamel imparts on copper and the way that the polished and more opulent surfaces contrast with the earthy texture and feel of clay. Much of my work is inspired by the Sonoran desert and the Sea of Cortez area where I was raised. I aim to distil the feeling of a landscape or the memory of a place in the form of a luxurious totem or treasure you can have in your house. Elevating mundane materials such as clay and base metals, bringing thoughtful attention to the singular beauty of a found rock, and playing with ideas of function in art are some of my motives.


contact: aqcatalina@gmail.com

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