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Gabriela Trembecka's Sculpture Installation Chosen in Regional Student Juried Exhibition

The Academy of Art University is proud to announce that MFA Fine Art alumnus Gabriela Trembecka was chosen to represent the Academy at the Regional Student Juried Exhibition in Portland, Oregon.

Exordium by Gabriela Trembecka

Her installation, entitled Exordium, was comprised of one hundred high-fired porcelain bells. The installation centered around "Fear" as a theme, and featured pieces called "Enunciations" and "Repentance."

Here's what Gabriela had to say about being chosen, and about her time at the Academy:

What do these pieces mean to you?

At the time of its creation, I was working on my Master's thesis. As I thought more and more about this work, and about "Fear" as a theme, new pieces emerged. I titled one of the pieces "Enunciations" and another I called "Repentance."

Fear by Gabriela Trembecka

All three pieces in this installation refer to times when I encountered fear and left it behind. These pieces represent major changes in my life. In all three installations, each bell represents a person from my life who influenced my personal growth in one way or another. These people are not present in my life, so they become shadows (see the shadows on the walls?), and the memory of them rings in my heart.

All three installations are just a part of my thesis; however, they played a significant role in developing the theme as a whole.

How did your sculpture come to be considered by the Regional Student Juried Exhibition? What does this acknowledgment mean to you?

In 2005, I participated in a Conference of Advance Ceramic in Davis, CA, where my Exordium was shown. I have been recognized by many professionals in ceramics field, and it was not surprise to me when I was chosen for the NCECA 2006 exhibition. In 2004, few pieces were sold to Ceramic collector Sandy Besser from Santa Fe, which means a lot for me as a sculptor.

As for the acknowledgement, I suppose that we all desire to be recognized by specialists in our fields. It tickles our ego, and there's nothing wrong with that. Actually, it provokes me to deepen my talent, to develop a new language (so to speak), and to be even more provocative in my art.

Enanciation #3 by Gabriela Trembecka

How would you describe your aesthetic style?

Spontaneous, but deliberate. Sloppy, but elegant. Above all, I strive for nonchalance in every aspect of my creation. I don't save even one drop of my sweat when I work. I use my heart, my soul, every single cell in my body for find the language I want to use in my art.

details of installation by Gabriela Trembecka

What is your impression of the Academy?

I love this place, and I hope everyone recognizes the effort of [Academy President] Dr. Stephens to make the Academy stand out. The instructors are excellent. What I appreciate about them is that they really want to help students learn. They're not only good instructors, but they're also very good friends. They do not spare a minute if you need help.

For example, Assistant Director Margaret Keelan led me in my final work. She was a tremendous help in my development as a sculptor and as a ceramicist. She's always been there to help me even when she was very busy.

What advice would you give to a young artist who is looking to follow her dream to begin a career?

Be open! Love yourself, and recognize others around you. Don't be afraid to open the door; be curious about what lies behind. Strive for every single possibility in your field. Otherwise, you'll paralyze your vision and your ability to expand.

What are your plans for the future?

I plan to teach. I have gained a lot of knowledge in my field that I would like to pass along to other artists. I believe that I have talents that will enrich any student.

Other than that, I promised myself that I will never stop what I've started. In a moment of my life when I was facing a Death, I learned that languages are limited but images are strong. Images speak silently into the soul, into the heart, and into the mind -- without leaving any slashes or bruises. It takes a lot to penetrate our hearts through art, and I intend to create art that penetrates as long as I am alive.

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