New artist to
valley pursues interplay of light and form
Express Arts Editor
and painter Amerinda, a new resident of the Wood River Valley, has spent
several years of her life living on the slopes of two volcanoes: Mount
Shasta in California and Haleakala on the Hawaiian island of Maui.
It is not
an inconsequential fact, as it has inspired two bodies of her multimedia
art: "Between Two Volcanoes" and "Birth Series."
who combines paintings on watercolor paper with fibers and kiln-fired
glass, said in an interview last week, "I have been very influenced
in my life by nature, and I particularly love textiles."
Amerinda refers to as her paintings are really three-dimensional pieces
that incorporate elements of painting and sculpture. She will create a
painting on watercolor paper using a range of paint types: watercolor,
acrylic or encaustic. She will then take two sheets of glass and put
natural fibers—cotton, silk and hemp—between them. The glass is put in
a kiln at 1,500 degrees F, at which point the fibers burn, or as Amerinda
termed it, "erupt." Often, she will open the kiln to see if she
is getting the effect she is after. She will manipulate the glass in the
kiln with a rod. It is like "painting with hot glass."
Much of the
effect she seeks is a result of chemical reactions that take place with
the fibers and the chemicals in the colored glass. At other times, she
will use gold and silver leaf to create other effects of color and
piece is then mounted about 2 inches above the painting. "You get the
illusion of time and space moving in the painting. As you walk across the
room, the painting changes in color and in the way the shadows work with
it," Amerinda said.
It is a
theme she finds herself drawn to: "how not only we change during the
day, with the passage of time—a week, year, lifetime—but so do
man-made objects. As light moves across any of my work, it has a mood or
feeling that changes. It is something I am very interested in."
she was trained formally at the California College of Arts and Crafts, the
Corning Glass Studio and Kent State University, Amerinda learned many
current techniques purely through experimentation. During the late ’90s,
she lived on the island of Maui, where she didn’t have a lot of
contacts. "Being isolated there was really a gift. I did a lot of
experimenting. I just did whatever came to mind. I didn’t know you
couldn’t do certain things."
Much of her
work originates from her "inner process," she said. Out of that
comes "the vision and you follow the vision. I might have an idea I
will pursue, but I always make room for surprises. Part of being a
creative person, I think, is letting the creativity come forth."
looking forward to working in Ketchum after spending several years working
and showing her work in Southern California. Asked why she is moving her
home and studio to Ketchum, she said "It is important to me to be
living in clean air again and clean water and I love the mountains. It is
equally important to be around creative people. Ketchum has some really
good galleries and some wonderful artists."
will be showing her work in the Ketchum Art Festival this summer.