God Among Us

In the beginning:

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When asked me to write an artist statement for the sculpture, I said yes without blinking an eye.  My understanding was, I would go through the genesis of the sculpture in explaining the experience of my journey while carving the flesh of the wood.  

The reality we foresee this day is difficult to explain because the work is based on a strong feeling of faith.  From the conception to the finished artwork, I tried to capture a moment in its eternity.  The  artist in me created something that she does not fully comprehend.  The sculpture is the fruit of the changing seasons of my roots from soils of many cultures.  It is also a strong belief in the divine rather than a proof in itself.  I am just an instrument in His hands.  This being said, I consider it is more important for the artwork to speak for itself without intervention or explanation. 

Ideally, a two-way avenue of communication flows between the Creator and the viewer allowing his mind to wander in prayer.  The visible is something different for everyone.  While my explanation can be useful to the viewer for exploration and consideration, it can also limit or constrict the possible responses.   

Progress:

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Completion:

God Among Us

Photo courtesy of Matt Chase Photography

Unveiling:

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A Sculptural Prayer

Do not gaze at it

But sink into it through your eyes, and

Feel its intensity under your skin.

Do not just think about it, instead,

Meditate on it 

Let it carry you to the unknown

Fast, Far and Forever

To a whole universe …

To embrace the glory of creation and

The Creator

The Ascetic

Studio Photos of The Ascetic

A few days ago, The Ascetic took up permanent residence in New Braunfels.  Since you will not see him out and about anytime soon, we would like to share these farewell photos with you.  We will surely miss him.

Ascetic Full

Ascetic Half Front

Ascetic Left Front

Ascetic Half left Front

Ascetic back

The Ascetic- Pecan Wood Sculpture

On July 13, Marika completed The Ascetic her newest sculpture.  The markings on the face of the monk are natural.  At times you follow the will of the wood and allow it to tell the story.  The sculpture is pecan wood.   With the base, the dimensions are H 27″ W 8″ D 8″.   

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Ascetic 1

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The Ascetic 4 The Ascetic 5 The Ascetic 6 The Ascetic 7

   

The Cross for The Road to Emmaus Seventh Installment

 

 

From the beginning, the creation of the sculpture revolved around the question “Who is to hold the cross?”  We tend to see the death of Jesus through Michelangelo’s Pieta, the portrayal of  Mary, the mother, holding the lifeless body of her Son.  But in the reality of this journey, we are closer to the weaknesses of Mary Magdalene than to the holiness of the Mother of Jesus.


The Cross for The Road to Emmaus Sixth Installment

A few weeks ago, Terri and her husband Carlos traveled from Lubbock to Seguin.  They left with “Mary Magdalene at the Cross.”  Thus ending one chapter of the story “The Cross for The Road to Emmaus.”  Terri will present the sculpture for the first time in February 2012 to participants in the Road to Emmaus Retreat.  We will of course update this blog with the next chapter of the story.

Thank you, Terri for you are an inspiration and a blessing.  May God be with you and the wonderful Carlos.

Marika and Dennis

A Closer Look

Mary Magdalene at the Cross

Mary Magdalene at the Cross

Marika with Terri the guardian of the sculpture

Terri with Mary Magdalene at the Cross

Marika’s Exhibits

On the Road with Marika’s Sculptures

San Antonio, Austin, Corpus Christi

January 07, 2011 to June 6, 2011

University of Texas Health Science Center

Opening Date: Thursday, January 6, 2011

Closing Date: Friday, June 10, 2011

Description:  The Department of Psychiatry of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio selects and exhibits art from San Antonio area artists.  On display is Marika’s 8-foot tall mahogany sculpture, The Goddesses.

The Goddesses- mahogany

Location: Department of Psychiatry, Room 710L-1, University of Texas Health Science Center, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio, TX 78229

Telephone: 210.567.5475

February 18, 2011 to May 6, 2011

Del Mar College: 45th Annual National Drawing & Small Sculpture Show

Opening Reception: Friday, February 18 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Description:  The Annual National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show attracts works by contemporary artists across the country and is judged by a guest juror.  This year juror Professor John Vinklarek selected Marika’s The Thinker for the show.

The Thinker- bronze

 

Location: Joseph A. Cain Memorial Gallery, Del Mar College, 101 Baldwin, Corpus Christi, TX 78404

Telephone: 361.698.1216

Website: www.delmar.edu/art/show.html

February 21, 2011 to August 18, 2011

The 5th Exhibit of the Diocese of Austin Sacred Heart Gallery

Opening: Monday, February 21, 2011

Reception: Thursday evening, March 3

Description:  The 5th exhibit of the Diocese of Austin Sacred Heart Gallery has religious art of the Judeo-Christian tradition.  Many of the works of art are for sale.  The Diocesan Fine Arts Council selected Marika’s Ann and Mary for the exhibit.

Ann and Mary- Bronze

 

Location: Diocese of Austin, Religious Art Gallery, Pastoral Center, 6225 E. Highway 290, Austin, TX 78723

Directions: http://www.austindiocese.org/directions.php

Telephone: 512.476.4888

Website: http://www.austindiocese.org

St. Brigid’s Cross- Chapel of the Guadalupe Regional Medical Center

The Guadalupe Regional Medical Center chose St. Brigid’s Cross for the chapel feeling that any chaplain would do well to model their ministry after the life of St. Brigid.  Much like St. Brigid, the chaplain often finds that the most sacred “chapel” is at the bedside of the sick and dying.  In those holy moments it is always the chaplain’s desire to bring love, peace and comfort through prayer and faith.  In the manner of St. Brigid, Chaplains often share God’s love by reaching out to the poor, to those in need and to those whose hearts are hurting.

 

Cross of St. Brigid

Commissioned by: Rev. Jeremy Roy

Designed and Created by artist: Marika Bordes

Assisted by: Col. Joe Saenz, USAF, Ret. and Howard Crunk

 

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