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Touches of Grace by Gretchen Ewert

Exhibition  /  15 Jul 2016  -  14 Aug 2016
Published: 13.06.2016
Gretchen Ewert. Vessel: Anteater Banquet Vessel, 2016. Ceramic, terra cotta, cone 10 hand dug clay.. 49.5 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm. Gretchen Ewert
Vessel: Anteater Banquet Vessel, 2016
Ceramic, terra cotta, cone 10 hand dug clay.
49.5 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm
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Intro
Ideas of a physical world that resonate are still intensely powerful, often gorgeous, keeping your eyes wide is key" said Ewert, a longtime resident of New Mexico. Patina Gallery in Santa Fe presents Touches of Grace, a mixed media exhibition. 
 
A new exhibition by Taos artist Gretchen Ewert features clay vessels that interpret the mythic powers of nature and textured ink-on-paper works that honor her love textiles. I am nuts for textiles. I am passionate for indigo, celadon, cinnabar and terra cotta, which probably puts me in line with much of humanity.

Ewert explores the universal connections of man to nature, a theme deeply personal to her. Ewert lives north of Taos, hiking among the peaks and waters of Northern New Mexico and sharing space with the wildlife. She is fond of telling about the time she walked to the river and met a bighorn sheep that in a time of drought was down from the hills to drink from the stream.

For Ewert, surface matters, whether it is the fiber in paper or the hand-rubbed finish of ceramics. And the natural world is her reference point. Through her clay pieces, she communicates her vision of the animal world and reinterprets primitive artifacts. Ewert paints her ceramic sculptures in oils and acrylics and then rubs them with newsprint. The result is a surface that is clean and simple to the touch.

For her new exhibition, Ewert created a series of pointillist prints, one-of-a-kind pieces inspired by her passion for textiles. She begins by choosing a textile from her collection and making a digital print. She then dots the paper with pen and ink in fine detail to accentuate the textures and tones in the fabric. Patina Gallery owners Ivan and Allison Barnett recognize that at the center of their artists' best work is inspired magic. For the Ewert collection, that inspiration comes from the earth and old pigments - that which is real and sustainable. Patina offers handcrafted, contemporary pieces by the finest European and American artists.
Gretchen Ewert. Bowl: Anubis with Orange Flower, 2016. Ceramic, copper leaf, 23.5 kt gold.. 25.4 x 25.4 x 40.6 cm. Gretchen Ewert
Bowl: Anubis with Orange Flower, 2016
Ceramic, copper leaf, 23.5 kt gold.
25.4 x 25.4 x 40.6 cm
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Gretchen Ewert. Piece: Kristina’s Perfume Jar, 2016. Ceramic, German leaf, 23.5 kt gold.. 22.9 x 22.9 x 78.7 cm. Gretchen Ewert
Piece: Kristina’s Perfume Jar, 2016
Ceramic, German leaf, 23.5 kt gold.
22.9 x 22.9 x 78.7 cm
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Gretchen Ewert. Bowl: Calico Geese, 2016. Ceramic, German patterned leaf, 23.5 kt gold.. 45.7 x 20 x 24 cm. Gretchen Ewert
Bowl: Calico Geese, 2016
Ceramic, German patterned leaf, 23.5 kt gold.
45.7 x 20 x 24 cm
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Gretchen Ewert. Bowl: Double Persian Horses, 2016. Ceramic, German leaf, 23.5 kt gold.. 29 x 24 x 24 cm. Gretchen Ewert
Bowl: Double Persian Horses, 2016
Ceramic, German leaf, 23.5 kt gold.
29 x 24 x 24 cm
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