Thank you for returning to FELIZ for another year. Tell us what’s been going on with Mother of God since your last sale?
Mother of God's relationship with Feliz actually goes all the way back to 2015! That year, the artist Tamara Becerra Valdez asked me to make some incense holders for her herbal company Folklorica, and that was the impetus for creating a name for my ceramic work.
It's wild to look back and realize how much has changed in the past three years.
Then, when Mother of God was a vendor at Feliz in 2017, it was still just me, muddling along. Today, MoG is a partnership - Amanda Rivera joined me in July of last year - and we have been dreaming up and actualizing some really exciting things for this season.
Last year you collaborated with artist Rich Cali for a show at Preacher Gallery. How did this collaboration come about? What inspired your work for it?
Rich and I had been talking about collaborating for a couple years before Preacher approached him to make a show. Because that gallery space is so big, it was the perfect opportunity to join forces. Plus, Amanda and I had just decided to work together and we were excited to push ourselves to make larger vessels and explore shapes in ways that we hadn't before.
When we all sat down to talk about ideas, Rich showed us an existing series of paintings that really reminded me of the traditional zen Enso paintings, though that wasn't on his mind at all when he made them. None of us are practicing Zen Buddhists, but all three of us - Amanda, Rich, and myself - make work as a sort of meditative practice, and our discussions around that process were the inspiration for the body of work that came about. We really approached the show as a conversation: Rich would make drawings based on our work, and then we made vessels based on his work, and it kind of developed from there.
I love that you are shifting the perception of ceramics from being solely utilitarian to being considered works of art. I'm curious, what’s your feelings on ceramics in the art world vs. ceramics in the home?
Honestly, it's kind of a tough distinction to make. We are debuting a limited run of planters at Feliz, and I think you could make the argument that they could be considered works of art because we approached the making of each one as an exploration of form. Just like the large vessels we created for the Preacher show, these are all hand-built and each one takes about a month to make. But then we poked a hole in the bottom and are asking people to fill them with wet dirt so, go figure!
I guess, for us, it's not so much a vs. thing as much as it is a blurring thing. Both Amanda and I have always approached ceramics from a sculptural point of view. We really like to go after unexpected shapes and try to push the limits of our own self-taught practice.
We’d love to know from a veteran FELIZ vendor (and shopper) what brings you back to the sale?
We are really excited to be a part of the sale this year! The three of you have done such a beautiful job curating the artists and vendors this year -- we're honored to be in the mix!
More beautiful objects by this talented duo here. Shop them on May 6th at the Palm Door.