An Artist Inside Everyone
By Robin Loving
One of the essential qualities of being human is the ability to create. We all have an artist inside, and there are various ways to access that part of us that can create something meaningful that did not exist before. Come discover your inner artist at Rotary, Tuesday, May 24, at 12:30pm at Hotel Misión, Salida a Querétaro 1, with internationally acclaimed local artist Ana Thiel. This will be free and in English.
An Artist Inside Everyone
Tue, May 24, 12:30pm
Salida a Queretaro 1
“The creative process is not exclusive to artists; each one of us lives it constantly in the solution of life’s daily problems,” said Viridiana Gutiérrez Tejeda of Bellas Artes. “But what happens when this process is deliberate and one takes conscience of its existence and importance? The only thing that we can say for sure regarding the creative process is that the grasping of the exterior world gives life to one’s own inner world, following an impulse to emerge. There is a creative energy that propels one to develop and live through the process until the desired result is obtained,” she continued.
One of the ways to grasp this exterior world and see its potential in an artistic way is to discover the extraordinary in the ordinary. We are surrounded with intriguing forms, patterns, and shapes, sometimes in the most mundane of things and items that we live with in our daily lives. Thiel will show the way she perceives her environment in hopes of inspiring the audience to awaken or develop that creative spark within. She will also share certain experiences that are rarely mentioned in the process of creating a work of art.
Through the creation of sculpture, installations, commissions, and wearable art in glass and mixed media, Thiel is, in the words of art critic Mónica Mayer, an artist who has “the ability to scratch one’s spirit and wring one’s heart.” Her work forms part of museums and private collections worldwide. Among numerous recognitions, she has twice been awarded a fellowship from the Mexican Council for the Arts, given to artists of high merit. Her sculpture “Trine” won First Prize at the Latin-American I Bienal de Arte en Vidrio in Monterrey, Mexico.
Thiel’s 30-year retrospective exhibition, Estratos del Ser (Layers of Being), promoted by the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, traveled in Mexico, the US, and various countries in Europe. The book Ana Thiel: Coming Out from the Depths was published in celebration of this exhibition. According to author, critic, and curator William Warmus, “Thiel’s work does not bemoan the dangers that surround us; she prefers to create a space of beauty. That is true sincerity, and it makes for stunning sculpture.”
Author Elizabeth Rosner stated, “Her sculptural language is as innocent as rain pooling on stone, as dangerous as the burning of books.” She also said, “Like Andy Goldsworthy, like Anselm Kiefer—two artists with whom she has been favorably compared—Ana Thiel is reminding us to love the world, no matter how ephemeral, or damaged by time. We may feel unsettled or even broken-hearted by her works, but we will most certainly feel transformed by them.”
Combining her industrial design background with years of experience in glass and mixed media, Thiel creates site-specific sculptures and glass murals. As a promoter for art, Thiel has served on art museum and art association boards in leadership as well as advisory positions. She teaches workshops and offers lectures on art, creativity, and sculpture at cultural institutions all around the world.
Thiel’s work has been exhibited and has won awards or was taught in such prestigious institutions as MOMA in the US and in several places in Germany, France, Mexico, Egypt, Spain, Japan, the Czech Republic, Belgium, Denmark, Portugal, Luxembourg, Finland, Sweden, Canada, Peru, Costa Rica, Holland, Panama, Lithuania, China, Uruguay, Ukraine, and Switzerland.
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