Creating Sculptures with Marika: The Video

The Sculpting Process

Sculpting wood is a time-consuming and labor-intensive effort requiring imagination and discipline. This brief video gives the viewer a window to the sculptor’s arduous journey from a piece of raw wood to a finished work of art.  Join the sculptor as she creates the following sculptures:

Plenitude

The sculpture is a commission to celebrates the birth of a first grandchild.

The Little Prince

Marika made this sculpture as the center piece for her solo exhibition at Bihl Haus Arts.

 The Flying Leaves

The Flying Leaves, a work-in-progress, is a commission for Texas Lutheran University.

 

Invitation to Marika’s Solo Exhibition at Bihl Haus Arts, May 16, 2014

Marika’s Solo Exhibition at Bihl Haus Arts

The centerpiece for the exhibition is The Little Prince inspired by the book of the same name by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.  Here is a photo of the live oak before work began on the sculpture and below is a photo of current progress.

Raw Live Oak from Glen Cove, Seguin

Raw Live Oak from Glen Cove, Seguin

Opening Reception: Friday, May 16, 2014

From: 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

2803 Fredericksburg Road

(Inside the gates of Primrose at Monticello Park Senior Apartments)

San Antonio, TX 78201

The Little Prince- in Progress

The Little Prince- in Progress

Sculpture of a Woman- A Work-in-Progress

Sculpture of a Woman- Untitled

The sculpture, a work-in-progress, measures H17″ W4″ D3″ and is made of pecan wood.  Marika is in the process of refining the figure and will soon begin sanding by hand.

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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.

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

Plenitude: A Photo Journal

November 5, 2009: In the beginning there was ..

 

 

December 16, 2009: “Plénitude” was born

 

November 5, 2009: Planning the first cut with the chainsaw

 

 

Sketching the outline

The initial cuts with the grinder

 

Taking shape

Two weeks later

Cardboard prototype of the base

First Sanding

After sanding,

sanding,

sanding …

“Plénitude” is ready for the next step

First oil bath

“Plénitude” is waxed and polished

Testing the base

First coat of primer

Final coat of paint

Polishing the marble base

 

December 18, 2009: Day of departure for Europe

Packing for the journey

“Plénitude” in Belgium

“PLENITUDE”

Tell me mother

That ultimate moment

We are experiencing together

what is it?

Would it be already a piece of paradise? …

 

My sweet daughter

You and I, because of our bonding

We are living in a state of grace.

Let’s wish it lasts forever

Because it is so called “Plénitude”

Marika Bordes