Marika’s Newest Sculptures

From Dream to Fairytale

From Dream to Fairytale

From Dream to Fairytale

From Dream to Fairytale (detail)

From Dream to Fairytale (detail)

“From Dream to Fairytale” is made from wood and tells the story of the birth of an angel.  The metal base is in the form of an octopus.  The overall dimensions are H56″ W25″ D20″.  Currently, the sculpture is on view at Marika’s gallery until early July.  

The Storm

The Storm

The Storm

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The Storm (detail)

Marika sculpted the aromatic sandalwood to create “The Storm.”  The base is metal in the form  of a tornado.  Sculpture and base are H50″ W12″ D32″.  Currently, the sculpture is on view at Marika’s gallery until early July.

Off the Beaten Path

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

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.

The Gallery Nord 

11.11.11 Exhibit: An Auspicious Date

Gallery Hours Wednesday – Saturday

Noon to 5:00

2009 NW Military Hwy., San Antonio, TX

210.348.0088

Gallery Nord Website: http://www.gallerynord.com

The 11.11.11 Exhibit- The Feminine Legacy and Curatorial Insights at Gallery Nord

Below is an announcement for two exciting events at Gallery Nord in San Antonio.  There is an art exhibit and opening reception for “11.11.11” featuring 16 women artists curated by Seguinartist Sylvia Benitez.  Marika is exhibiting four of her works including her newest sculpture Cry of Liberty.  As part of this announcement there is an invitation to the  “Curatorial Forum” a panel discussion led by Rene Barilleaux of the McNay Museum, David Rubin of SAMA, and Lilly Wei of New York on Saturday the November 19 from 5-8:00 p.m.  Hoping to see you there!

Gallery Nord

2009 NW Military Hwy

San Antonio, Texas 78213

Sculpture Exhibition

Marika

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.




Tomorrow’s Oneness

The Gazette-Enterprise

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.

Tomorrows Oneness

Tomorrow’s Oneness

Sculptors Howard Crunk & Marika Bordes

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