Awards for The Beggar and The Thinker

Awards

The Beggar

A second place award went to The Beggar at the New Braunfels Art League Gallery exhibition Art in the Hills. Landa King, Chair of the Department of Visual Arts Texas Lutheran University, was the juror.  She commented:

Sensitive to the wood, in this case Mesquite wood, the viewer feels the weight of the beggar as possibly the beggar bears the weight of the World.  Beautiful execution of “oneness” between the sculptor and the medium.

The Beggar Mesquite H17" W11" D11.5"

The Beggar
Mesquite
H17″ W11″ D11.5″

The Thinker

The Thinker earned a second place award at the 2014 Texas Society of Sculptors/Georgetown Public Library.  The juror, Kris Whitfield President of the Round Rock Arts Council, stated:

The tipping of the hat and the expression on the face makes him look deep in thought.  I love the elongated neck and arms which is such a contrast to Rodin’s ‘The Thinker’.

The Thinker Bronze 2/9 H22" W6" D9"

The Thinker
Bronze 2/9
H22″ W6″ D9″

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.

 

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 Book- Marika: The Path of a Sculptor

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Front Cover

About “Marika: The Path of a Sculptor”

Life overflows with inspiration.  This book contains inspiration found.  In childhood, we embark on the amazing journey of discovery to distant realms of imagination searching for our path.  “Marika: The Path of a Sculptor” is an invitation to persevere in your quest for your full potential of a more creative life.

It is my pleasure to welcome you to discover, through this book, the impeccable work of Marika. Let your eyes absorb the organic beauty of the grain that flows through the fabric of the wood.  The poetry and the writings of others add another dimension to the collection.  Let’s share their impressions in the unity of inspiration.

Where to Find the Book

The book is available at Bihl Haus Arts during Marika’s solo exhibition from May 16 to July 12.  The opening reception is Friday, May 16, 5:30-8:30pm with live music, rum punch, and authentic Haitian foods.  The location of Bihl Haus Arts is 2803 Fredericksburg Rd., San Antonio, TX.  You can find the link to Bihl Haus Arts arts in the left-hand column under the heading “Arts Organizations”.

You may acquire the book through:

Hastings Bookstore, 1380 E. Court Street, Seguin, and

Amazon.  You can find the link to Amazon in the left-hand column under the heading “Marika Links”.

Book Details

Authors: Marika Bordes and Dennis Martin

Cover and Layout Design: Gretchen Stankey

Published by: Marika Sculptures LLC

Printed by: Litho Press, Inc., San Antonio, TX.  Contact: Mark Mayfield.

ISBN: 978-0-9960735-0-9

Pages: 128.

 

Bihl Haus Arts: Comments & Press Release

Comment from the Bihl Haus

Only from the heart . ., which opens at Bihl Haus on May 16,  features more than a dozen works by Haitian-born sculptor Marika Bordes.  They combine influences from Marika’s early years with teacher Francois Sanon in Haiti, who works in the Afro-Caribben tradition, and contemporary art from her time in New York and Quebec.  The resulting works in wood speak to the artist’s love of the material, understanding of the human form, and flawless skill with chisel and mallet.  We’ll also be premiering the new catalog of Marika’s sculpture, which will be available for purchase.

Grace

Grace

The Bihl Haus Press Release

A little bit of Haiti in SA!

Exhibit of Elegant Wood Carvings by Haitian-Born

Sculptor MARIKA BORDES

Opens May 16th @ Bihl Haus Arts

WHAT:  Only from the Heart. . .  

WHEN: Opening Reception: Friday, May 16, 5:30-8:30 pm

WHERE: Bihl Haus Arts, 2803 Fredericksburg Road (inside the gates of Primrose at Monticello Park Senior Apartments and across from the Tip Top Café)        

WHO: Sculptor Marika Bordes

WHY: Bihl Haus Arts is pleased to present “Only from the Heart . . . “, an exhibit of more than a dozen works in wood by Haitian-born sculptor Marika Bordes.  The centerpiece of the exhibit is “The Little Prince” (2014). This enchanting carving of a boy, his fox and the rose is inspired by the WWII French novella of the same name (which the artist can recite by heart in French) by author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.  The title of the exhibit draws on Marika’s favorite quotation from the book, wisdom passed to the little prince from the lonely fox he tamed: “One sees clearly only from the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye.”  

In this exhibit, we see with our hearts–the works are tender, romantic, sensitive—as well as with our eyes and with our minds—they are brilliantly conceived, flawlessly executed.  Much like the French author who whittled down his original 30,000-word manuscript to less than half, Marika carved and chiseled an enormous 300-pound oak limb to reveal the essence of her own little prince.  Crowned by curly locks and dressed in flowing cape and baggy pants, Marika’s boy dons forged metal boots that ground him firmly to the earth. To his chest he clutches a rose, his rose, his responsibility now because it, too, like the fox, has been tamed.

Other works in the exhibit are based in reverie, dreams transformed into chiseled and polished woods, some embellished with added materials— a bit of ebony, a semi-precious stone, forged elements.  In Dream to Fairytale (2013), what was once a knobby root is now a dreamlike womb, the birthing place of a goddess.  In other works, the human form is abstracted, elegant, long and lean, as in Grace (2010), a dancer-like apparition with ebony face and body of Bois d’Arc, a dense golden-orange wood native to Arkansas and parts of Texas.  One theme that prevails in all of Marika’s work, however, is her love for the feel of the wood, the elegant twists of its branches, the subtle changes in its texture and tone. 

“Only from the Heart. . . “ opens with a free public reception at Bihl Haus Arts on Friday, May 16, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, which also features authentic Haitian foods and live music.  The exhibit continues through June 12, 2014. Related events include:

•Saturday, May 31, 2 pm: “The Little Prince as Inspiration,” an artist talk and sculpting demonstration by Marika Bordes, with a focus on The Little Prince (2014), created especially for this exhibit.

•Saturday, June 14, 2 pm: “Haiti Today,” a gallery talk by Artist Marika Bordes and Dr. Ruth Berggren, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics (UTHSCSA), who spent her childhood in Haiti and now heads a medical mission there.

From Dream to Fairytale

From Dream to Fairytale

About the Artist: Born on the Caribbean Island of Haiti amid towering trees, exotic flowers and mountains, then educated in a boarding school in Quebec, Canada, Marika (Marie Carmen) Bordes captured the best of two worlds.   From 1996 to 2001, she studied with Haitian master wood sculptor Francois Sanon, who at first glance told her, “Madam, you can carve!”  During this time, galleries exhibited her Afro-Caribbean-inspired work, she taught sculpting and Haiti National Television produced a documentary about her art.  

From 2001 to 2005, Marika spent time in Montreal and New York City developing and expanding her artistic talents.  In New York, she studied drawing at the Student Art League under Terence Coyle, worked with Sanon, and received awards in 2002 and 2003 at the Rencontre des Arts.   Also while in New York, The Pen and Brush, an international membership organization founded over 100 years ago for women professionally active in the arts, awarded Marika first prize in the 2003 African-American Art Exhibition.

In 2005, Marika moved to Seguin, Texas, with husband Dennis Martin, where her studio is located today.  Her efforts as an artist and arts activist have earned recognition. Peter Trippi, editor of Fine Art Connoisseur and juror of the San Antonio Art League and Museum’s 82nd Annual Artists Exhibition selected Marika for the Ann Griffith Ash Donor Award.  Her sculpture The King and The Queen won honorable mention at the Texas Society of Sculptors competition at the Georgetown Public Library.  For her community involvement, The Seguin Commission on the Arts awarded the artist the 2014 Arts Enrichment Award for outstanding contributions to and participation in the arts.   

Dancing with Mermaids (detail)

Dancing with Mermaids (detail)

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.

Ascetic Full

Ascetic Half Front

Ascetic Left Front

Ascetic Half left Front

Ascetic back