The Little Prince as Inspiration

The Little Prince as Inspiration at Bihl Haus Arts, San Antonio 

Excerpts

All of us experience feelings of alienation and vulnerability during life’s transitions.   During my childhood, my family sent me from the Caribbean Island of Haiti to Quebec, Canada.  Here the Catholic nuns taught me.  At age fourteen, living in a foreign land, I read The Little Prince for a class assignment.   From the beginning, the Little Prince gave me strength, understanding and a vision.  We formed a life-long bond.

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Later in life, I turn to the noble childhood perspective of the Little Prince to walk the path of inspiration.

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I understand, one must go back to a childlike mind to make things happen.  So, when it came to carving my version of the Little Prince, the character was so embodied in my psyche and, like Michelangelo, I just carved away the excess of material to release him from a single piece of oak: my hero was born.

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Be also aware that there is a deep connection between risk taking and creativity.  One cannot repeat again and again the same pattern and expect a different result.  We need to be challenged to crystalize the eternity of a moment.

Marika sining the Haitian song she sung while carving "Grace."

Marika sining the Haitian song she sung while carving “Grace.”

The Little Prince with the Rose and the Fox

The Little Prince with the Rose and the Fox

 

The Path of a Sculptor- Presentation

IMG_7606“Marika: The Path of a Sculptor”
Presentations, Readings and Book Signing

The Seguin Public Library
Thursday, May 29

Presentations by:
Dennis Martin
Marika

Readings by:
Gretchen Stankey
Whitney Bischoff
Lynn Pfullmann
Marika

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Presentation by Marika:

Greetings to you and welcome to “The Path of a Sculptor”.

I want to thank Jackie Gross and the library staff for allowing us the use of the conference room and for publicizing this event.  We deeply appreciate your kindness.  Thank you Jackie.

It is not a coincidence that a book discussion about art and literature is taking place here where these two topics have always had a symbiotic relationship.  A library is a rich source of inspiration.  Our city has its roots in many facets of its history and our public library is a sparkling ribbon of life in our community.  This institution is:

  • A comforting place for the youth and adults to quench their thirst for knowledge,
  • A witness of our evolution, and
  • The cradle to our culture.

This book is the fruit of 16 years of experience and a source of shared inspiration in constant evolution.  It symbolizes the power of working together with respect in a diverse community. It takes us on a journey: mine and yours.  On Page 42 it stipulates:

  • MY LIFE ripens by receiving nourishment from soils of many cultures.  The sculpture “I Am What I Am” is the fruit of the changing seasons of my roots.

We wrote this book with the hope that it will fuel your personal growth and creativity.  At this step of my journey, sculpture is an outlet for my creativity.  What is yours?

Let us listen to Gretchen Stankey who will read one of the message contained in this book. Then, Whitney R. Bishoff who was inspired by The Beggar wrote a poem for the book and Lynn E. Pfullmann who gave flight to her creativity through writing and sculpting. She will read “What it felt like to sculpt”.

Please enjoy them while keeping in mind the next steps for your full potential. Thank you for your presence and I will be signing “The Path of a Sculptor” afterward.

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Marika, Gretchen Stankey, Whitney Bischoff, Lynn Pfullmann

 

Self-Publishing “Marika: The Path of a Sculptor”

We Dedicate This Post to our Friend Beverly Hoffmann

Last year, Abbott Press a division of Writer’s Digest published Beverly’s book “Cradled Dreams”.  To learn more about Beverly and her book, follow the link to her Website found in the left column under the heading “Artists”.

From the beginning , we knew self-publishing was the way for us but knew little of the process.  We learned by spending a tremendous amount of time on research, study, decision-making and execution.

What are the pros and cons of an online publisher, a traditional printer, of printing on a digital copier or a printing press?  What is the sales price of the book?  How do you obtain a copyright, an ISBN, a bar code?  What is the meaning of recto, verso, frontispiece, bastard title, blind folios?  What about the book cover?  How do you design the front cover, what information is on the spine, on the back cover?   What are the differences between a foreword, preface, and Introduction?   The internet provided most answers.

Acquiring knowledge is important as is the support of others.  A number of people provided materials, and technical assistance in the form of advice and professional services:

Poetry and writings:

Whitney R. Bishoff

Mary Jo Langford

Jack Linden

Kettly P. Mars

Mayor Betty Ann Matthies

Lynn E. Pfullmann

Michele Rumbaut

Audra Schulz

Zach Schwartz

Evelyn F. Streng

Photography:

Douglas Manger

Don Simpson

Bil Sullivan

Technical assistance:

Henri Armand

Rosemary Conte Martin

Barry Martin

During the final stage of the publishing process, Gretchen Stankey brought to the book critical artistic and technical skills in layout, design, and desktop publishing.  Mark Mayfield of Litho Press, Inc. of San Antonio gave us guidance on printing options and preparing the photographs and files for printing.  Finally, the book was printed on a $3M Heidelberg four-color printing press.

Then comes distribution, but we shall leave that for another post.

Thank you Beverly for asking “I noticed you as publisher.  How did you do that?”

Back Cover

Back Cover

Sculpture of a Woman- A Completed Work

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The sculpture is complete except for the name.  If you have any suggestions, please let us know.

For the first time, we are using glass for the base.  Fine art glass artist, Anne Burtt of San Antonio made the base.  A link to her Website is found in the left column under the heading ARTISTS.  Thank you, Charles Ingram of Inspire Fine Art Center (See link under ARTS ORGANIZATIONS) for introducing Anne Burtt to Marika Sculptures LLC.

Glass Base by Anne Burtt

Glass Base by Anne Burtt

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.

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Ascetic Half Front

Ascetic Left Front

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Ascetic back

Tranquil-Essence: A 50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration

Celebration

To celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary a couple commissioned a sculpture.  What an honor it is for me to be part of such a momentous and personal occasion.  Such an honor and trust does raise the bar of creativity and excellence.  Tranquil-Essence is made of pecan and has a mesquite base.

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Tranquil-Essence

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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.

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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

Seguin sculptor gives lessons on the road

From the Seguin Gazette Enterprise

Posted: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:15 pm, Tue Apr 26, 2011.

Staff reports |

EL PASO – Sculptor Marika Bordes recently made presentations to university and high school students at the request of the University of Texas at El Paso.

“When Marika talks with students about how she creates her sculptures, they literally lean forward to get closer to her and learn from her as they are drawn in and captured by her passion,” said Dr. Richard Padilla, vice president for student affairs at UTEP. “The pictures of her in the presentation, a petite woman wielding a chainsaw, attacking large blocks of wood while making the first cuts in creating a sculpture, instantly challenge and inspire the students to see themselves in new ways.

“Marika is a great role model. Like the sculptures she creates, she is elegant in her simplicity, inspires others to see beyond boundaries, and she is always full of surprises,” Padilla said.

The university students learned about creativity, teaching methods, conceptual sculpture and the art of living.

Marika offered some advice for the future teachers of Texas children: “Along your path, as an artist, share ideas; as a teacher, encourage each creative spirit; as a creative person, continue to learn and appreciate life’s lessons.”

Riverside High School students from the Ysleta Independent School District and Chapin High School students from the El Paso Independent School District also heard presentations by Marika.

“As an artist, I am here today to open the doors to the art world, challenging you to enter it freely and without fear,” she told the students. “I also have the privilege to help demystify the art of making sculpture.”

Marika met Saturday afternoon, April 16, with more than 100 high school students participating in the Upward Bound program which provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance.

The focus of the presentation was similar to the one for the high school classes, but it included an exhibit of Marika’s sculptures and tools.

Students came in small groups to the stage to view sculptures and ask questions about the art of sculpting, creativity and the business of art.

“When you take the next step on your journey, search for the unopened doors,” she told the students. “You have the keys. Do it with a clear and giving heart. Life is nothing but an offering.”

The presentations were made April 14-16 in El Paso.

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