In March I participated in the exhibit "Tossed and Found". It was intended to inspire creative self expression in people who may not have access to traditional art supplies. Tossed and Found also hoped to illustrate the social (and not simply environmental) value of reuse art. The exhibit questioned not only the disposability of resources in our world but of attitudes toward the values of people outside the mainstream of society. It traveled to various venues throughout Oregon. In addition I was part of a radio interview in conjunction with the exhibit on KBOO radio in Portland. You can currently view the web exhibit at: http://www.redsemillaroja.org/Recursos/TFwebexhibit.html.
I am a collaborator with nature, often using found objects in my clay sculpture. My greatest inspiration is my motherhood and nature. Working with clay is a tactile, spiritual interaction. It's a dance as the image emerges and takes on a life form of it's own. The story gradually reveals itself and not always upon completion of the piece. It is a gradual unfolding.... "What the caterpillar thinks is the end of the world...the butterfly knows is only the beginning!"
I keep my spirit vitalized by creating mixed media sculpture, sculptural drawings, exploring narrative photography, writing, participating in collaborative art projects, volunteering for various Portland organizations, walking in the woods and along the Oregon coast collecting the next sculpture inspiration that nature offers me, enjoying the solitude of the Lake in Washington, kayaking, camping, snorkeling in Hawaii, making my voice heard as a quiet activist for various humanitarian issues, appreciating live theater and music in Portland and enjoying the vastly rich life that Oregon has to offer me, but especially spending time with my family. I am savoring my new journey as I explore the middle road of Buddhism. I try to live an "intentional life" every day with "Jo Y"! I feel like a square peg who has finally found her square hole!
I am an artist/partner of The AIR Gallery