Margaret Realica – Plinth Gallery Artist Interview
Margaret Realica’s mixed media work incorporates plexiglass, pneumatic parts and fittings, found objects, and porcelain. She deftly reinterprets ideas of common vessels into highly contemporary art objects. The everyday teapot is deconstructed into its basic parts and then reassembled into a totally new form that abstractly references the original vessel. According to the artist, she”pushes the boundaries for a balance between the organic and the mechanical, working towards a coexistence of the two”. Her work is both playful and totally unique. Join Plinth Gallery in welcoming Margaret Realica in her first Colorado exhibition. First Friday Gallery Opening and Reception with the Artist , April 2nd, 6-9pm Margret’s website: http://www.mrealica.com/mrealica/index.html Tell us a little about yourself! I am originally from the U.K. and Hawaii. Now living and working in northern California. Am an artist, potter, mother and teacher. How did you become an artist? I was always one. How would you describe your style? One of the hardest things for artists to do is to stand apart from everyone else. How long did it take you to come up with your own style and signature look? My style is contemporary but has been influenced by where I’ve lived and by some of the events in my life.. I feel that ‘style’ is inherent and just develops and matures over time. What is your inspiration for your pieces? Colour. Music. Film. Environment. Today’s visual technology. What keeps you motivated? Curiosity. Deadlines and the joy of sitting down at a wheel. Having an idea ‘work’. Are you a full-time artist? How do you come up with your creations? Can you walk us through your creative process when dreaming up new pieces. Yes. I am full time. Have to have a concept first. De-construct, reconstruct, play and edit. What was it that made you want to start creating? Did something specific trigger it? Nothing triggered it. I have always done it as a child/teenager and on. What or who inspires you? Other artists work including dance, music, street art and film. Architecture and constructions. How do you maintain a healthy work and life balance? Take time out to play. Friends and family. You, like most people enjoy the process of making and crafting and didn't get into it for the sake of "business". But eventually you found yourself having to make the transition from crafter to a businessperson. What have you learned so far and what advice can you give others in the same situation? Adapt to the times. Be willing to compromise. Open to new ideas. What advice can you give aspiring artists struggling to find their own voice and look? Be willing to play with the work. Find time to experiment and visualize/ Keep going. Thank you so much Margaret!!