The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority of Texas 2011 Annual Report presents profiles of eight individuals in its ten-county district. Barbara Elmore wrote about Marika who represents Guadalupe County. Connie Rothe designed the annual report.
The Cry of Liberty is Marika’s newest sculpture. She began the sandalwood sculpture in Haiti many years ago and worked on it from time-to-time in a deliberate manner. The cry is against the slaveries that we and others impose on us. Bob Phillips and Texas Country Reporter featured the sculpture in the segment Marika Bordes: The Carousel of Life. The sculpture did take the trip to the 16th Annual Texas Country Reporter Festival in Waxahachie, TX. The sculpture is currently on exhibit at Gallery Nord until January 12, 2012.
11.11.11 Exhibit: An Auspicious Date
Gallery Hours Wednesday – Saturday
Noon to 5:00
2009 NW Military Hwy., San Antonio, TX
Gallery Nord Website: http://www.gallerynord.com
This summer Marika completed two sculptures. The first sculpture displayed is Envolee (Flying) and the second is Irene. Envolee is made from black walnut and is now in a private collection in Montreal. Irene is made from cypress knee and was on exhibit at Gallery Nord in San Antonio and is currently displayed at the Hair Haus in Seguin.
Marika is currently working on Liberty. This piece will be on display at Gallery Nord from November 11 until january 12. Photos coming soon.
In August, Marika is making her majestic sculpture Gwaihir available for purchase, loan or donation. Below are some details.
Height: 14’ 2”
Width: 7” 8”
Medium: Chinaberry wood
Sculptor: Marika Bordes
Gwaihir is a mythological eagle in the “Lord of the Rings.” Gwaihir saved Gandalf from the Tower of Isengard and when Mount Doom erupted, he saved Frodo and Sam.
Gwaihir is available for purchase, loan or as a donation to a museum. If sold, the funds will be used to establish The SeguinSculptors Guild. The mission of the Guild is to promote the art of sculpting. The purchase price is $50,000.
All the very best,
Marika and Dennis
Heritage Museum is Venue for Special Evening of Art, Oct. 16
By Mary Jo Filip, Main Street Program Director
(Seguin) – When Marika Bordes puts her mind to something, everyone should get in line and help her on her way. A while ago, John Gesick with the Heritage Museum suggested she might consider holding a show of her sculptures there. Taking his suggestion to heart, she envisioned a dramatic art event that would make the people of Seguin, and visitors, stand a little taller and think a little grander about the art we have here, the artists who create it, and the importance art has for our community. She didn’t want just a typical event. She wanted it to be special, so those who attended would leave excited, spread the word, and tell their friends they must go to the Heritage Museum to see this exhibit.
To help her meet her goal she assembled a committee of 11 people, each of whom was tasked with assisting in setting the stage for the event which will be held Saturday, Oct. 16 from 6-8 p.m. * Exhibit committee members were tasked with organizing publicity, the reception, staging for the exhibits, and organization. The committee includes Hil Starcke, Patt Linden, Barry Duncan, Dennis Martin, Roger Betschler, Lynn Pfullmann, Donna Dodgen,
Audra Schulz, Bob Gardner and myself. John Gesick works with the committee to ensure smooth interaction with the Heritage Museum.
The evening is called “Art in Seguin…Seeing is Believing”, with the title of the exhibit: Visions in Wood: Marika and Her Students. Over thirty sculptures by Marika and ten of her students will be on display. The crowning event of the evening will be the unveiling of a 14-foot tall breath-taking wood sculpture of “Gwaihir” that Bordes created and brought to life with assistance of her students and friends. The inspiration for the sculpture comes from Gwaihir, an immense eagle from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth who helped Gandalf escape and snatches Frodo and Sam from certain doom in the Lord of the Rings.
Adding another artistic element to the evening, Bordes asked people from the local community to write poems or impressions of the sculptures. These pieces, written by Mayor Betty Ann Matthies, Darren Dunn, Whitney Bischoff, Evelyn Streng, Patt Linden,Jean-Marie Ngendahayo, Michelle Rumbaut, Nancy Masterson, Jack Linden, Marie Jo Billnitzer, Beth Raetzsch, Michael Saenz, John Upper, Barbra Upper, Janice Turk, Cindy Aguirre, Ana Maria Gonzalez, and yours truly, will be displayed along with each of the statues.
Patrons of the evening will be greeted outdoors by the gentle sounds of a djembe drum. Inside, live string music will be performed, with hors d’oeuvres and wine available while strolling the two floors of the museum to observe the art.
The event is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome both from those wishing to help sponsor the event and those attending. Proceeds benefit the Heritage Museum. For more information contact Dennis Martin at 560-6852 or John Gesick at 372-0965.
*A sneak preview for those with tickets to the fund raiser comedy show for the Child Advocacy Center being held that same evening is being held from 5-6 p.m.
From the Seguin Daily News
September 27, 2010
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Sculptures in Wood
Marie-Carmel Bordes – Sculptor
George Washington Museum and Cultural Center
January 21 – April 3, 2010
From the museum’s media release:
Marika Sculptures in wood
Opens at George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center
When it comes to creativity in wood – (Marie-Carmel Bordes) has carved a niche in some of the most intriguing earth toned woods around. “Marika” Sculptures in wood will be on exhibit at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center starting Thursday, January 21 at 6:30 and the exhibit will end on Saturday, April 3rd.
Her discovered wellspring of creativity that is reflected in her 25 – 30 wood sculptures appearing at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center located on 1165 Angelina Street will also include an opportunity to learn more about her skills during the opening. The opening is scheduled for Thursday, January 21 at 6:30.
Local artists team up for charity
By Tucker Stephenson
Published June 3, 2009
SEGUIN — When “Arts. For Life.” co-chair Jack Linden was looking for a piece of art to be raffled off at the June 27 event, he went straight to an expert.
Linden sought out local wood sculptor Marika Bordes and asked her if she would put her talents to use to benefit the Guadalupe Regional Medical Center — again.
“I have seen her previous work, she has one called ‘Balancing Act’ and I’ve been in love with that one for a long time,” Linden said. “I’ve seen some of her other work, she has one called ‘The Goddess’ which is probably seven feet tall. Then I’ve seen also, she’s doing a sculpture for the maternity ward for the new hospital, so there’s another thing.
“I’ve seen a lot of her work — she’s an incredibly creative person.”
But with Bordes already commissioned to start working on the maternity ward piece, she knew that she might find herself in a time-crunch trying to complete the piece for the fundraiser.
“Jack was here and he had asked me to do a sculpture,” Bordes said. “And because I was doing a commission for the hospital already, I told him that it would be difficult to finish it on time, but if I was working in cooperation with somebody else, I would be able to get it on time.”
So the search for a potential collaborator began, although it didn’t take long for Bordes to find one.
Enter recent Texas Lutheran University grad and former Seguin High School student Howard Crunk, who was already set to be donating a painting to the hospital’s cause.
“The name of Howard came up because I think Howard was going to give one of his paintings,” Bordes said. “And I said, ‘He is a good artist — we could work together.’”
So the partnership began, with Bordes — the recipient of first-place prizes in Seguin, Kerrville and New York City — playing the role of Mr. Miyagi to Crunk’s Daniel-san. For those that don’t know their “Karate Kid,” that just means that she acted as a mentor to the talented, young artist — although she admits that the learning process was a two-way street.
“He is not really my student,” Bordes said. “He learned from me and I learned from him. He has a sense of design of drawing that is absolutely remarkable. I couldn’t do it by myself because of a question of time, without the two of us, it was not possible.”
The sculpture, made from a Chinaberry tree, is now completed, described by the artist as being a man and woman wrapped into one single being — mirroring the creative collaboration that took place between Crunk and Bordes’ styles.
“I guess you could say the ebb and flow between a man and a woman becoming as one individual,” Crunk said. “I think I brought more of the naturalistic design aspect and I guess you would say she brought more of the spiritual concept.”
Throughout the project, Crunk said that he took some valuable lessons with him for the future, in which he plans to keep broadening his artistic horizons.
“It was a very abundant learning experience — I learned so much it’s hard to put it into words,” Crunk said before discussing his career goals. “First and foremost, it’s to continue to create art and then eventually, go on to other aspects, such as animation, digital art, etcetera.”
That future appears to be very bright, as Linden said that the finished product reflects the work of someone who is about to make their mark on the art community.
“It just showed him coming out,” Linden said. “Marika saw that in him — now he’s just bringing something out that I don’t think he knew he had and I think that’s one of the bright things about that — that he started seeing things in his drawing on that wood and then he started bringing it out, so it was marvelous seeing it.”
The sculpture is now officially part of the “Art. For Life” raffle, with tickets for the drawing being sold at the GRMC gift shop for $20 apiece, or two for $30. And until Jackson Auditorium opens its doors for the inaugural event — slated to begin at 6:30 p.m. three weeks from Saturday — the piece will also be on display at the gift shop.
That way, everyone can get an up-close view of something that Linden has known for quite a while.
“(Bordes) takes a piece of wood and sees something in it that I don’t see,” Linden said. “But I guess that what makes a good sculptor. Michelangelo always said that there’s somebody in the marble wanting to get out and I think she sees that in the wood.”
In addition to her work on the maternity sculpture, Bordes is working on her home studio, which she plans to have ready for an exhibition by August 15. More information on her artwork is available online at www.marikasculpture.com .
General admission seats for the Arts. For Life. event, which includes a performance by the Mid-Texas Symphony, are on sale now for $50 at the GRMC gift shop, as well as Gift & Gourmet, Cascades and the Area Chamber of Commerce. Reserved seats are $75 or $100, depending on location, can only be purchased by calling the foundation office at 830-401-7721.
Sculptors Howard Crunk & Marika Bordes
Copyright © 2009 The Gazette-Enterprise
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Many of the photos are the courtesy of Bil Sullivan: http://www.bilsullivanphotography.com/
Inspiration, Celebration and Passion …
Welcome to my world
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Thank you for being here. It is a real pleasure to share with you the fruit of my work and, I am deeply grateful to TLU for inviting me. A special thank you / goes to T. Paul Hernandez, Landa King, and the art students / who helped graciously in setting up the exhibition.
Once upon a time,
When I was 14 years old,
I read a book, and
Something extraordinary happened to me.
From that day,
It changed my way of seeing things,
It changed my life,
It gave me a vision.
A few sentences from
The Little Prince of: Antoine de St-Exupéry
Stayed with me to this day.
Thus it says:
“It is only with the heart
That one can see rightly;
What is essential
Is invisible for the eye”.
The sculptures you see before you hide a deep story of inspiration. In the mid 1990’s, I met a master carver who inspired me when he said: “Madam you can carve”. I was shocked and I was skeptical. One day, I went back to him with a set of tools and said: here I am; you said you would teach me isn’t it so? … Yes he did. For months, he stood by my side, passing on to me/ from earlier generations of Haitian sculptors the art of sculpting wood together with his love for this profession.
It’s been twelve years, since carving took me along as a disciple. Twelve years of discipline and labor. As a result, my sculptures are a reflection of my evolution through time and vision. They portray the sanctity of daily living which is a mix of happiness, / sensuality, / anger, and majesty.
When I am asked: How do I carve?
· I carve with my heart and my soul.
· I carve by instinct
Why do I carve?
· Because I want to share my dreams with others;
· But above all, because there is sacredness in what I do/ and I want to leave my sculptures as a legacy to celebrate life’s nobility.
For all these years, carving has become my true passion. Along the path I do encounter risks, frustration, and discouragement. Sculpting consumes my energies. At the same time it propels me forward. From the rising of the sun/ until the rising of the moon, mallet and chisel ring out against the intrinsic beauty of the wood and my inner spirit soars to new heights.
This partnership heals my mind and my spirit. / Whether mythology or religious beliefs have influenced me in the process,/ my sculptures portray / the inspiration for the unusual and the unexpected./ These poets/ take us to a world/ where mythology and reality / merge into a joyful dance;/ where ancient gods / provide succor and sustenance./
One tends to think that the sculptures speak for me. / No, they do not. / They speak their own language. / They speak to you. / You hear them. / You hear them in your own way. You travel with them / far into your imagination. / With an inner strength, / they go beyond / the boundaries we erect for ourselves. / Arm-in-arm you go with them to a deeper place. / Their poetry touches you; / and in some way, / you and the artist enter the domain of inspiration and together celebrate the eternal passion of creativity.
The fox was right in telling the Little Prince:
“What is essential
Is invisible for the eye”.
Ladies and Gentlemen it was a pleasure talking to you and now, I welcome your questions.
My upcoming exhibition at Texas Lutheran University includes Ann and Mary. The sculpture portrays the scene of the most important moment in Christian history. Mary the Mother of Christ is bringing to her mother Ann the good news about the Son of God. When she tells her mother “I am going to be the mother of our Messiah,” the shock is nearly overwhelming for Ann. She puts her hand on her head. Then when she understands the importance of the message, she holds and comforts her daughter, and places her hand on the unborn Jesus. This sculpture projects the universal message of nurturing and love between a mother and a daughter and an unborn child.
After seeing Ann and Mary, Kettly Mars an award-winning novelist wrote the following poem:
Ann and Mary
Since you have chosen my daughter,
Since you have sowed in her womb the seed of your wonderful light,
Since you have made her body the sacred temple worth bearing the fruit of your glory,
I offer to you, Lord,
Our obedience and our tears,
Our ignorance and our fears,
Our weaknesses and our wants,
Humbly asking you to transform them into a beam of light so powerful
That it shall bless the flesh of the women of all generations to come…
Poem by: Kettly Mars