Monday, August 18, 2008

Tiny and Trim

I am super excited to give you another sneak peak of the upcoming Teeny Tiny Art Show #3 in September! I am in love with the work of artist Elsa Mora, and was elated when she accepted my invitation to exhibit some of her papercuts in the show.

The above piece is called Rain Girl.

"Here is a rain girl carrying some little drops of water in order to keep her personal nature alive. You can see how she walks and holds a plant and animals with her hands at the same time. They are her universe and they go wherever she goes. This papercut is dedicated to all the girls and boys (little ones and grown-ups) who work hard in order to develop their personal worlds. The drops are a symbol of all those little things that we can do everyday in order to keep our imagination and creativity alive."
~ Elsita

shown below: Tree House. More works from the Teeny Tiny Art Show 3 can be seen

Elsa was born in Holguin, Cuba. She attended the Professional School of Visual Arts in Camagüey, winning the prestigious Amelia Peláez Art Prize in 1990. In 1992, Mora won the Grand Prize in the First Biennial of Cuban Drawing. Interested in all media including painting, photography, ceramics, porcelain, collage, bronze and mixed-media, she has exhibited in numberous solo and group exhibitions around the world. Her first solo exhibition in the US was in 1998, “The Ego’s Other Dimension”, at the Phyllis Kind Gallery in New York. Other important exhibits include Ejercicios de Silencio at the Carmen Montilla Gallery in Havana in 2000, Vulnerable at Phyllis Kind Gallery in New York in 2001, Proceso de Adaptacion at the Bourbon & Lally Gallery in Montreal in 2002, Elsa Mora at the Havana Galerie in Zurich, Switzerland and Ni el Principio ni el Fin Existen Espacio at 304 Gallery in San Juan Puerto Rico in 2004 and BIRTH at the Phyllis Kind Gallery in 2005. Elsa currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

Above is an image from her solo show at Couturier Gallery. Los Angeles, CA 2007. Each butterfly represents a famous woman.

I am in LOVE with Elsita's work, her ability to express her passions thru beautiful forms and genuine content. If you haven't already, I highly recommend you check out her
blog, it is one of my favorites - as it is warm and endearing, a personal glimpse into the life of this multi-talented and loving artist, wife and mother.