Art by Beverly Sky
By Nick Hamblin
Having been a fiber artist for forty years, Beverly Sky’s unique talent and vision has culminated in this exhibition of deeply inspired work reflecting her keen interest, knowledge and appreciation of pre-hispanic (especially Aztec and Otomi) cultures.
Collage en Tela
By Beverly Sky
Fri, May 2, 5-7pm
Fábrica La Aurora
In particular, her massive triptych “Antes y Después de Cortéz: Una Breve Historia de Mexico” is a visual narrative of the ten year period in Mexican history which the artist describes as a “holocaust” of the Aztecs and indigenous people in which they were transformed from a religion based on human sacrifice to the Gods, to one that believed that God sacrificed Himself for the people. The center panel of this tour de force piece depicts the miracle of Juan Diego spilling the roses and introduction of the brown skinned, Virgin de Guadalupe to Mexico.
Prior to her work as a Fabric Collage artist, Ms. Sky was a papermaker specializing in large New England landscapes for twenty-five years using a technique called ‘pulp painting’. Her work in Handmade paper was not only physically demanding but she grew tired of repeating the same imagery, to quote “I just couldn’t paint another New England Birch Tree”.
Transitioning to fabric collage opened up a whole new world of narrative based imagery that was not possible in the papermaking medium. Her work in Boston is very different in subject matter and she just completed a nine canvas work titled “We Shall Not Cease From Our Exploring: Windows On The Universe”, another monumental work that describes life on Earth from the Big Bang to Voyager 1, humanity’s first sojourn outside of our solar system.
Prior to her work as a fiber artist, she studied weaving and tea ceremony in Japan and co-founded the publishing company Autumn Press, specializing in new age publications such as The Book of Tofu and Nuclear Madness.
Sky, who draws inspiration from the murals of Diego Rivera and his “manner of relaying narrative in 2D space”, maintains a studio at the Boston Center for the Arts as well as in Mineral de Pozos where she lives during the winter months. Her show at Galería Moyshen at Fabrica La Aurora is the first exhibit of her work in San Miguel and as a fiber artist she finds a wonderful irony in the fact that her work is being displayed in a former fabric mill.
Her work can be viewed on her website at: www.beverlysky.com.