Artist Gallery Talk: Kukuli Velarde

Nov 15, 4pm - 5pm

Artist Gallery Talk: Kukuli Velarde photo

2017 Falk Visiting Artist, Kukuli Velarde gives a gallery talk of her exhibition Isichapuitu on view at the Weatherspoon through January 28, 2018. Due to limited space, this talk is only open to UNCG students, faculty and staff.   

Joyful and angry, tender and violent, humorous and somber­artist Kukuli Velarde's ceramic figures offer up a range of emotions and personalities. These vibrant characters are based on a picture of a centuries-old vessel made by the indigenous Huastec people of present-day Mexico. The artist explains that when she found the picture in a book, she connected with it immediately. Although that vessel represented a male child from a culture historically and geographically distant from her own, she saw herself in it. Having made that mental connection with the artwork, she then recreated it in multiple versions. Each one responds to a very private need-a question to answer, a story to tell, an emotion to reconcile. Among those responses, one finds a breadth of religious, mythological, and cultural references, as well as artistic and craft techniques. What begins as an inward-looking personal project becomes an outward exploration of the human condition. 

Kukuli Velarde holds a BFA from Hunter College, University of New York, and she has been recognized by Creative Time, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Pollock Krasner Foundation, and the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship

The Falk Visiting Artist program gives students at UNCG and members of the community an opportunity to meet and learn from artists who are active in the field. The program has been produced collaboratively with the Department of Art since 1982. Past Falk Visiting Artists include Carroll Dunham, Lynda Benglis, Dario Robleto, Julie Heffernan, and Dike Blair.

Image: Kukuli Velarde, Tallada (detail), 1997-2005. Low-fired white clay with oil paint and wax. Courtesy of the artist.

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