Nora Pineda

Chico, California, United States

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My work passionately reflects my Mexican cultural roots. The art forms appear and are created as stories in the round as I transform and mutate a magic fusion of colors, shapes and a way of life into them. I often use faces joined by zigzag or curved lines. Flower petals characteristically fashion the idea of dealing with one’s aura. Some of the vessel forms I use (the goddess series) are used to symbolically connect earth to women… a container used for nutrients of survival. My work also speaks of healing. Pieces are created to capture great depth of emotion, celebration, suffering, and cultural bonding. Slip cast ceramic forms are often fired to cone 01. Glaze fired to cone 07. Finished with acrylics and oils. Stoneware clay sculptures are typically handbuilt utilizing coil and drape techniques. They are then carved and fired to cone 5. The second firing is at cone 07 using low fire glazes. The pieces are then finished in acrylics and oils.
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ag_artist_statement : My work passionately reflects my Mexican cultural roots. The art forms appear and are created as stories in the round as I transform and mutate a magic fusion of colors, shapes and a way of life into them. I often use faces joined by zigzag or curved lines. Flower petals characteristically fashion the idea of dealing with one’s aura. Some of the vessel forms I use (the goddess series) are used to symbolically connect earth to women…a container used for nutrients of survival. My works speaks also to healing. Pieces are created to capture great depth of emotion, celebration, suffering, and cultural bonding. Slip cast ceramic forms are often fired to cone 01. Glaze fired to cone 07. Finished with acrylics and oils. Stoneware clay sculptures are typically handbuilt utilizing coil and drape techniques. They are then carved and fired to cone 5. The second firing is at cone 07 using low fire glazes. The pieces are then finished in acrylics and oils.
ag_biography : Reflecting on her Mexican roots, Nora Pineda transforms clay into a vessel for narrative. The forms are etched as stories in the round and fused with colors and shapes that exude a sense of magic. The figures appear as faces joined, ultimately connected to their medium, the earth. Invoking inspiration from goddesses, Pineda connects to feminine energy and speaks to the resilience and strength of women. She seeks to render healing through ideas of both, celebration and suffering that mark a cultural bond. Using organic forms like flower petals, she cultivates their shape to resemble frequencies of auras she has encountered. Interested in the depths of emotion, working as a spiritual counselor, and massage therapist, her thoughts on these processes carry over into her creative process. Dealing with the unseen energies of the body, Pineda transfers her experience into each sculpture. The ceramic forms allow her to take on the freedom to express her personal sensibilities. The eyes of the figures gaze back at the viewer and evoke the trace of her presence.
ag_influences : Picasso, Van Gough and Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo are artist who inspire me. I've often been told that I reminded people of Frida. Knowing this amazing artists life history and challenges, I write in the most respectful tone and slight chuckle, that I wasn't sure if this was necessarily a compliment or not. I believe they saw the 'passion' of who Frida is as a Mexican woman and artist. We do indeed share this. Culturally, Mexican art and art of the Southwest have influenced my work. At age 23, I went to Mexico with my sister, Lillian. We visited several museums in Mexico City. I was impressed by the works of the Mexican people and native cultures in this area. I was moved by Chapultepec Museum as well as the Museum of Anthropology. Walking through the museums was very inspirational for me. I recall a unique juxtaposition of the old Mexico and the new Mexico, and how each were colliding and integrating with one another. The images of the Mexican colony were full of life and vibrant, rich colors. There were still adobe homes. Women in longs skirts and shawls were abound. I loved this…the old Mexico. This mix of old and young cultures imprinted in me an awareness of the contrast in life.
ag_awards : 1998, Award of Merit, California State Fair, Sacramento, California 1998, Best of Show, Taste of Chico, Chico, California 1994-5, Best of Show, KIXE Television juried art auction, Redding, California 1993, Honorable Mention, KIXE Television juried art auction, Redding, California 1989, Rising Star Award, Tower Gallery, On the Wing Artist Publication and Kingsley Art Club, Sacramento, California 1988, Best Sculpture, Sacramento Potter’s Group, Sacramento, California 1987, Best of Show and Popular Vote, Aspiring Artist Debut, Northern California Artist Association, Sacramento, California 1987, Best Hand Built, Sacramento Potter’s Group, Sacramento, California 1986, Best Sculpture and Potter’s Choice, Sacramento Potter’s Group, Sacramento, California 1985, Potter’s Choice, Sacramento Potter’s Group, Sacramento, California
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Reflecting on her Mexican roots, Nora Pineda transforms clay into a vessel for narrative. The forms are etched as stories in the round and fused with colors and shapes that exude a sense of magic. The figures appear as faces joined, ultimately connected to their medium, the earth. Invoking inspiration from goddesses, Pineda connects to feminine energy and speaks to the resilience and strength of women. She seeks to render healing through ideas of both celebration and suffering that mark a cultural bond.

Using organic forms like flower petals, she cultivates their shape to resemble frequencies of auras she has encountered. Interested in the depths of emotion, working as a spiritual counselor, and massage therapist, her thoughts on these processes carry over into her creative process. Dealing with the unseen energies of the body, Pineda transfers her experience into each sculpture. The ceramic forms allow her to take on the freedom to express her personal sensibilities. The eyes of the figures gaze back at the viewer and evoke the trace of her presence.

 


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ag_web_statement : My work passionately reflects my Mexican cultural roots. The art forms appear and are created as stories in the round as I transform and mutate a magic fusion of colors, shapes and a way of life into them. I often use faces joined by zigzag or curved lines. Flower petals characteristically fashion the idea of dealing with one’s aura. Some of the vessel forms I use (the goddess series) are used to symbolically connect earth to women… a container used for nutrients of survival. My work also speaks of healing. Pieces are created to capture great depth of emotion, celebration, suffering, and cultural bonding. Slip cast ceramic forms are often fired to cone 01. Glaze fired to cone 07. Finished with acrylics and oils. Stoneware clay sculptures are typically handbuilt utilizing coil and drape techniques. They are then carved and fired to cone 5. The second firing is at cone 07 using low fire glazes. The pieces are then finished in acrylics and oils.
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ag_special_details : New PR Title: Nora Pineda’s Sculptures Capture Humanity new PR title: Nature / Culture: Ceramics by Nora Pineda Old PR Sculptor Nora Pineda creates stunning stoneware pieces that could have sprung naturally from the sands of the artist's native California. Pineda depicts animals and people as undulating shapes comprising curves that would not look out of place either in an Art Nouveau painting or a Surrealist drawing. Her pieces luxuriate in roundness: every surface curves away from the viewer, seemingly to stretch on forever just out of view. Pineda often uses fiery oranges and warm brown tones, referencing everything from sandstone to volcanic rock. However, her pieces serve to expand the definition of "earth tones" to include deep purples, vivacious blues, and even a hint of iridescence, all without losing their rich character. She simplifies all her compositions, so that limbs get sucked back into the body, details become pared down into simple surface texture, and only the boldest curves of the body remain. Pineda was born in Bakersfield, California and counts both Southwestern art and her Mexican heritage as major influences in her work. She is also a massage therapist, spiritual counselor, and healing energy worker. Old Artist Statement My work is a reflection of my Mexican roots. The forms are created like stories in the works as I transform and mutate a magical fusion of colors, shapes and a way of life into them. I often make use of faces joined by zigzag or curved lines or flower petals to symbolize a person's aura. Some of the elements I use are also symbolic of the connection between the earth and women. My works speaks also of healing. Pieces are created to capture great depth of emotion, celebration, suffering, and cultural bonding. The voices of the ancients and my love for the earth flowing through my hands inspire me to create soul searching images in clay.
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