• Oct 28, 2017 – Mar 4, 2018
  • Gallery 6
Kukuli Velarde, "Tallada", 1997-2005. Low-fired white clay with oil paint
and wax. Courtesy of the artist.

Kukuli Velarde: Falk Visiting Artist

Joyful and angry, tender and violent, humorous and somber ­artist 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. 

This exhibition is organized by Dr. Emily Stamey, Curator of Exhibitions. 

The show is presented 1n collaboration with the University of North Carolina at Greensboro's School of Art as part of the Falk Visiting Artist program. 

Related Program:

Artist Talk • Nov 16, 6pm


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