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* Syma
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Gowanus



ARTIST STATEMENT: My imagination is ignited by artifacts and magical beliefs of ancient cultures. Drawing on a psychology degree and research for teaching in Met Museum galleries; art-making with clay is my favorite response to personal life events, wishes, and dreams. Recycling found objects and found papers; smoke-firing on my studio roof deck, reminds me that nothing is ever only what it at first seems to be... Picking up my earlier focus, new works include viewer interaction. A residency last summer connected me to a collaborator for updating my formerly low-tech Magic Lady installation with digital electronic technology.
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  • Liberty
    2016
    Smoke-fired clay with found paper, found objects, 24k gold leaf.
    Wall Mask Viewer is invited to write on small paper, their commitment to support LIBERTY; fold paper and insert into open mouth. The promise falls into gauze pouch. (Modification possible for publi

  • Liberty
    2016
    Smoke-fired clay with found paper, found objects, 24k gold leaf.
    Wall Mask. Viewer is invited to write on small paper, their commitment to support LIBERTY; fold paper and insert into open mouth. The promise falls into gauze pouch. (Modification possible for publ

  • Gratitude
    2016
    Smoke-fired clay, papers, 24k gold leaf
    Detail Showing Inserting THANK YOU NOTES into the Bottomless Vessel to Hold Gratitude

  • Gratitude
    2016
    Smoke-fired clay, papers, 24k gold leaf.

  • Wizard
    2016
    Smoke-fired clay with 24k gold leaf.
    detail: Wizard Bell to Summon the Positive Forces in the Universe: to Transform Darkness into Light Bell clanger is a white clay bead tied to a dark clay bead.

  • Wizard
    2016
    Smoke-fired clay, 24k gold leaf
    Wizard Bell to Summon the Positive Forces in the Universe: to Transform Darkness into Light Bell clanger is a white clay bead tied to a dark clay bead.

  • Magic Lady
    1984-2016
    Clay with found objects, found papers. 24k gold leaf, sound, light, and audio.
    Viewer activated installation. Viewer stands on chalk footprints to ask (silently or spoken) question about their future; then steps onto gold circle which activates crystal ball light and randomly de

  • Magic Lady
    1984-2016
    Clay with found objects, found papers. 24k gold leaf, sound, light, and audio.
    Viewer activated installation. Viewer stands on chalk footprints to ask (silently or spoken) question about their future; then steps onto gold circle which activates crystal ball light and randomly de

  • Peace
    2016
    Clay with oxide stain, found papers, encaustic transfer, 24k gold leaf.
    Hangs on wall as guardian.

  • Madonna
    2013
    Clay, mixed media, found objects, 24 k. gold leaf on wood panel.
    Madonna of the Rockies lll: If Wishes Had Wings My wish for this artwork is that the components in the wing segments, the black areas, and the gilded border, might seem to blend into their backgrou

  • Dorotea
    2016
    Smoke-fired clay, glaze, 24k gold leaf.
    Dorotea: a Guardian of Prosperity Hangs on wall to invite and protect that which is valued.

  • Muse-Charger
    2015
    Smoke-fired clay with glaze and 24k gold leaf.
    Smokey-Jo: From the Series of Muse Chargers Hangs on wall. Meant to revitalize creative energies when viewer searches for suggestions of hidden faces.

  • Bowl to Catch TearDrops
    2013
    Smoke-fired clay with glaze and 24k gold leaf.
    First in the series of Bowls to Catch TearDrops. Meant to be held in cupped hands to collect tear drops. After the contents are tipped into the darkest night, the angel on the underside who is hold
 








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