Recently, an upper level Spanish class visited Marika’s studio and gallery as part of their class activities. Some excerpts from the students:
My favorite piece that she talked about was the Carousel of a Woman’s Life. At first glance i had no idea the depth and creativity of this piece of artwork, but then as she started to explain it you began to see numerous different women figures in the one piece of wood. Marika made me feel the passion she has for her work simply by describing it.
My favorite piece was The Beggar because the sculpture really captured the posture of the beggar. The piece was very emotional. I thought the way the artist was able to sculpt the wood to look like cloth blowing in the wind was really incredible.
I was really inspired by Marika. …,but she made me realize that it is important to love what you do and to take a deeper look at things, rather than what is just on the surface. The way she spoke about her piece “The Beggar” was amazing. I hope that I will be as passionate about my work as she is.