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Ana Thiel-a brilliant exhibition

By Anne Lewis

The word “brilliant” belongs to Ana Thiel. This San Miguel artist dazzles with the light and quiet energy that glow from her molten glass sculptures, usually embedded in found objects such as old books or a weathered window frame, objects that already have a story to tell. What is so evident in her retrospective exhibit now at the Museo de Arte de Querétaro is the brilliant fusing of inner growth with her art, documenting 30 years of discovery about her “stages” of life and the emotions she has experienced–restriction and freedom, pain and joy, contemplation that leads to self-knowledge.

Layers of Being
Until Sun, Feb 3
Museo de Arte de Querétaro
Allende Sur 14, Centro

“It has been a discovery,” says Thiel, “to find out, in looking back, how the sculptures have developed, which themes and forms arise and re-emerge in a different form each time but with a shared essence and how they are bound to my own development as a woman, an artist, and a human being.” It is by getting to know corners and details overlooked until she put the exhibit together that “I feel the strength to share.”

The exhibit, “Layers of Being,” is a rare opportunity to see this artist’s life, ordinarily hidden behind the long wall in Guadalupe that houses a serene garden and gallery filled with her pieces. Her studio, a former chicken coop, is large enough to store the glass, rocks and found objects that become sculptures of incredible feeling and beauty.

Trained in industrial design, Thiel became enamored with the expressions possible in molten glass. Her years of melding creative abilities to a strong form of art have led to her international recognition as an outstanding sculptor. She recently returned from Finland where she attended the opening of her exhibit there. It will move to Brussels later this winter. Her etched glass design, “Dancing Dots,” was selected as part of the Mexico exhibit at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art in 2012.

Thiel’s work has been exhibited in the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. She has conducted workshops and lectured at many museums and campuses and served as a consultant or advisor to art institutions.

In addition to Thiel’s glass sculptures, the Querétaro exhibit includes examples of her work in photography and pressed paper. The exhibit offers a great opportunity for San Miguel residents to see the breadth and depth of an incredible talent from the community. It will continue at the Museo, at Allende Sur 14 in Queretero’s Centro Historico, until the third of February, and the artist will be present Thursday the 31st from 11am-2pm.

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