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Marko Fields Plinth Gallery Artist Interview

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

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Marko Fields Darwin was Right and Exxon Helped

 Plus, More Cautionary Ceramic Tales of End Times

The work of Marko Fields is an exciting new addition to Plinth Gallery’s exhibition schedule.  His highly narrative vessels reflect his sense of mythology, spirituality, and philosophy.  Using a variety of materials, Fields builds highly patterned and embellished pieces that tell stories which may be socially or politically important. His newest series of figurative works feature the frog as a barometer species, which speaks to our eco-health. Fields’ work explores current themes that are both timely and highly relevant.

Marko’s show opens this Friday August 6, 2010 from 6:00 – 9:00. 

Check out Marko’s webiste: http://markofields.com

Plinth Gallery: http://plinthgallery.com/

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Tell us a little about yourself!

I was born and raised in Wichita, KS, the youngest of four in a fundamentalist Baptist family. I have never been fundamentalist material, so it was a struggle finding my way. I happen to be one-eighth Comanche and a lot Irish (my Mom was ashamed of her own one-quarter Comanche, three-quarter Irish white-trash lineage) so I suppose the dysfunction of my youth logically contributed to my genetic predisposition to addiction. My youth, though not without some achievement and happiness, was mainly misspent. During my childhood I was blessed with a classic studio art education. I suppose I have always drawn, painted, written and played music. In 1976, I dropped-out of college, giving-up on my dream of one day teaching art at the university level. In 1977, heartbroken by a love-of-my-life, I hitchhiked from Wichita to South Florida, never returning for other than visits. After three years in South America, mostly in Bolivia, I returned to the States, if one calls Key West part of the USA. My first five years in KW led to my ultimate bottom, wherein I sought recovery. I spent another 5 years in KW. I met Amy, my wife of 20 years, in KW and she gave me the gift of going back to college to finish my BFA and then get an MFA. Dropping back in to KU in 1991 as a sculpture major, I discovered clay by taking Ceramics 1 and I realized quickly I had found my life’s work.

I’m all better now… Yeah, right. I’ll celebrate 25 years clean on August 9th. Life is actually amazing; I have two kids: Michael (18) and Abby (15). Quite frankly, they are extraordinary. I have to assume that is because of my wife, Amy. I am just grateful that they aren’t doing what I did at their age…

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How did you become an artist?

See above. It’s a long answer and if you really want to know, come to the opening. I can talk faster than I can type.

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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 work is very narrative, though that does not describe a visual style. I would say that my work is defined a passion for personal iconography, visual movement, texture, anthropomorphism, animation, gesture, personal mythology, irreverence, the blues, humor and entoptics. If you really want to know about entoptics, come to the opening…

I am told my style is very distinctive. I agree. I’ve always been able to identify my work.

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What is your inspiration for your pieces?

Is this a trick question? There is no single inspiration for my work; it goes piece-by-piece with me.

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What keeps you motivated?

Commitment. I believe that there are things that will only be done if I do them. Of course, this happens to be true for everyone, but a lot of folks don’t know it. I believe in art; it is essential, it is worth doing. Art contributes to the quality of life. It’s THAT important.

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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?

First, I am full-tilt boogie in the studio probably four months a year, beginning in May. Then I begin my academic and NCECA work cycles from September until the NCECA conference. I do work in my studio nearly every day and I am always thinking about work; I rarely dream about my work. Dreams are where I work on my pathologies. But, I write a lot, and sketch ideas and thoughts. My creative cycle is this: 3% conceptualization, 95% showing-up and 2% magic. Talk to me about this at the opening. Come to the opening. I will answer any question, sometimes with ‘I don’t know.’

There are a lot more questions but let me just say that I believe in what I do. I’m lucky that every aspect of my employment revolves around clay. As I am writing from Mexico, and I’m really tired, I’ll just say: Come to the opening. It will be fun, if nothing else.

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Thanks Marko, I hope you have a wonderful turn out for your reception!!  It looks like it will be an amazing show.

Margaret Realica – Plinth Gallery Artist Interview

Monday, March 29th, 2010

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

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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.

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How did you become an artist?
I was always one.

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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.

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What is your inspiration for your pieces?
Colour. Music. Film. Environment. Today’s visual technology.

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What keeps you motivated?
Curiosity. Deadlines and the joy of sitting down at a wheel. Having an idea ‘work’.

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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.

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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.

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What or who inspires you?
Other artists work including dance, music, street art and film. Architecture and constructions.

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How do you maintain a healthy work and life balance?
Take time out to play. Friends and family.

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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.

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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.

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Thank you so much Margaret!!