Opening Reception: Friday, April 5th, 5-8 PM
& Saturday, April 6th, 1-3 PM
*Artist Talk on Saturday, April 6th, 1:30 PM
Hosted by Glass Alliance*
A Netherlands’ native, Willi was immersed in the abstract art of her parents and friends while growing up. Her father was so influenced by Wassily Kandinsky that he created a wonderful tribute of colorful patches ironed-on to a bamboo mat which was commercially acquired. Such “familiarity” led Willi to believe that Wassily was one of her many Dutch “Uncles”. Today, her husband loves pointing out her “Uncle’s” artwork in museums which always causes quite a stir in the presence of others!
Willi’s artistry comes from within , but, also results from her life experiences, outside influences, and personal discoveries. Her joyful road to creating glass artistry has been long and winding. She has now created cast glass for over ten years and is eternally passionate about further developing her skills. Originally a photographer, she moved to New Mexico and then began wood and steel sculpting. Ironically, she worked as a spine research nurse and realized her steel sculptures reminded her of human spines. When she sculpted her first face, Willi spent weeks working her clay model, daily. One night she dreamt that her sculpted visage enlivened in the form of a complete woman, who with a smile said, “I love what you’ve done with my face!” Willi realized it was time to then make her mold of “Dream Woman”.
Today, such visions are complimented by Willi’s ever-developing skills. She has studied with Czech Cast Glass Maestro Petr Stacho at the world’s oldest glass school. In July, she will continue her ongoing studies with another Czech Maestro, Frantisek Janak. Exploring the visual dimension and incorporating the luminosity of glass into it has been an enjoyable journey of which Willi will discuss in her Artist Talk on Saturday starting at 1:30 PM which is hosted by the Glass Alliance.
We look forward to your visit. Bring your own “Artistic Uncle” along with you!
Kurt Nelson & Daisy Yi
Palette Contemporary Art and Craft
7400 Montgomery Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109