Photo by Christine Dong

Photo by Christine Dong

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MAYA VIVAS

Bio

Maya Vivas is a ceramic sculptor and performance artist based out of Portland Oregon. Their ceramic sculptures have been featured in an array of galleries throughout Portland, Los Angeles and New Zealand, including venues in association with The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. In addition to serving on the board of the Contemporary Art Council at the Portland Art Museum, Vivas is the Co-Owner of Ori Gallery. Whose mission is to redefine "the white cube" through amplifying the voices of Queer and Trans Artists of color, community organizing and mobilization through the arts. 

Statement

I am interested in relating to clay as an extension of my body and as it’s own autonomous being. Through push, pull, and mark making, I sculpt with shadow and light as an exploration of the senses; creating folds, complexity and narrative. My work captures textures of mineral, flora, and body, re-translating these motifs into newly invented beings.


Through sculptural gesture, I explore concepts of race, identity, and gender as filtered through my own experience as a queer black femme. I am interested in using beauty and abstraction to investigate meditations originating from my own neurotic tendencies, mixed with ideas of absurdity, elegance, sensuality, science fiction, and body horror. Rooted in the anxiety that comes from feeling simultaneously detached from my being but also hyper-aware of every internal and external sensation, each work is pulsing, expanding and rippling beneath the viewer’s gaze.

 


CV


Education

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts : Ceramics - 2013

  • Bachelor of Arts : Graphic Design - 2013

  • Flagler College, St. Augustine Fl.

Speaking Engagements

  • Oct 14, 2019 - Portland Art Museum: 29th International Sculpture Conference - Panel Discussion - “Deconstructing the Gender Binary: Gender and LGBTQ+ Equality within 3-Dimensional Making Environments” - Portland Oregon

  • April 12, 2019 - Yale Center for British Art - Panel Discussion - “William Hunter and the Anatomy of the Modern Museum” Co-panelists: Claire Barclay & Nate Lewis moderated by Nathan Flis - New Haven Connecticut

  • March 29, 2019 - The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) 53nd Annual Conference: Cross Currents: Claytopia - Topical Discussion - Co-panelists: Amanda Barr, Natalia Arbeleaz, Sara Jewell Olsen - “Talk Less, Listen More” - Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • August 20, 2018 - Sitka Center for Art and Ecology - Mingle and Muse Summer Event - Lecture - “Set in Stone: The intersections of clay & personal narrative in our quest to be seen, heard & remembered” - Otis, Oregon

  • March 15, 2018 - The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) 52nd Annual Conference: Cross Currents: Clay and Culture - Panel Discussion - Co-panelists: Kathy King, Ron Geibel, Marval Rex & moderated by Dustin Yager - "New Queers Eve: LGBT Clay" - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Sep 15, 2017 - Portland Institute for Contemporary Art - T:BA:17 - Workshop - "Asking for a Diaspora" - New Expressive Works - Portland, Oregon

Performance

  • March 29, 2019 - The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) 53nd Annual Conference: Cross Currents: Claytopia - “WET: Performing UtopiaZ” - Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • September 15, 2018 - “Soft Between the Elbows” - C3Initiative - Portland, Oregon

  • May 5, 2018 - “Cvllejerx Ropa Vieja” - S1 - Portland, Oregon

  • May 4, 2018 - “Hyun Gi” - S1 - Portland, Oregon

  • Jan 17, 2018 - “Strewn” - Open Signal - Portland, Oregon

Exhibitions

  • Dec 5 - 24, 2019 - Group Exhibition: “ClayFest Northwest” - Pottery Northwest - Seattle Washington

  • Oct 7 - Nov 26, 2019 - Group Exhibition: “Queeramics 2019” Foster Gallery - Baton Rouge, Louisiana

  • Sep, 2019 - Solo Exhibition: “i have no choice but to suck the juice out and who am i to blame” - Littman Gallery - Portland, Oregon

  • July 3 - Aug 31, 2019 - Solo Exhibition: “In the Office: Maya Vivas” - Russo Lee Gallery - Portland Oregon

  • June 7 - 28, 2019 - Group Exhibition: “Queer Clay” - Pottery Northwest - Seattle Washington

  • March 29, 2019 - Group Exhibition: “Human Nature” - The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) 53nd Annual Conference: Cross Currents: Claytopia - Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Feb 14, 2019 - May 20, 2019 - Group Exhibition: “William Hunter and the Anatomy of the Modern Museum- Yale Center for British Art - New Haven, Connecticut

  • Nov 30, 2018 - March 8, 2019 - Group Exhibition: “In Plain Sight/Site ” - Artspace - New Haven, Connecticut

  • Sep 15 - Oct 6, 2018 - Group Exhibition: “View From Here” - C3Initiative - Portland, Oregon

  • Aug 3 - 24, 2018 - Group Exhibition: “Focus, Flow, Ground” - Project Object - Portland, Oregon

  • May 4 - 20, 2018 - Group Exhibition: “I’m Glad I Came” - ANX Gallery - Portland, Oregon

  • Feb 2, 2018 - March 22, 2018 - Group Exhibition: "Elements of Reclamation" - Ori Gallery - Portland, Oregon

  • Oct 3, 2017 - Jan 6, 2018 - Solo Exhibition: "Radical Emergence: Dissected & Articulated" - Chehalem Cultural Center - Newberg, Oregon

  • Aug 6 - 27, 2017 - Group Exhibition: "LA Artcore 3rd Annual Art Competition & Exhibition" - Jurors: Jacki Apple, Tulsa Kinney & Peter Shire - LA Artcore - Los Angeles, California.

  • June 9 - July 2, 2017 - Group Exhibition: "Fabriqué" - ANX Gallery - Portland, Oregon

  • May 20 - July 24, 2017 - Group Exhibition: “4th Annual Living Mark Exhibition” - Verum Ultimum Gallery - Portland, Oregon

  • May 4 - 31, 2017 - Solo Exhibition: “Black: Dissected & Articulated” - UNA Gallery - Portland, Oregon

  • March 3 - 31, 2017 - Group Exhibition: The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) 51st Annual Conference : Future Flux - "Radius" - Rising Room Gallery - Portland, Oregon

  • Feb 2 - 28, 2017 - Group Exhibition: "RESIST" - UNA Gallery - Portland, Oregon

  • Sep 2 - Oct 2, 2016 - Group Exhibition: "Emerging Artists" - Columbia Center for the Arts - Hood River, Oregon

  • April 2013 - Group Exhibition: "Curated Unknowns 2": Art Center Sarasota - Sarasota, Florida

  • March 2013 - Group Exhibition: "Capture: International Video Art Exhibit" - St. Augustine, Florida

Awards

  • May 2018 - Ford Family Foundation Golden Spot Award

  • Aug 2017 - Honorable Mention - "LA Artcore 3rd Annual Art Competition & Exhibition" - LA Artcore - Los Angeles, California.

  • Sep 2016 - Best 3D Work - “Emerging Artists Exhibition -Columbia Center for the Arts” - Hood River, Oregon

  • 2012 William R Kenan Jr. Art Scholarship

  • 2011 Evelyn R. Waterhouse Memorial Art Scholarship

Residencies

  • May 8 - 23 2018 - Artist in Residence: Caldera - Sisters, Oregon

  • Jan - April 2014 - Artist in Residence: Driving Creek Railway & Potteries - Coromandel, New Zealand

Affiliations & Memberships

  • Board Member: The Contemporary Art Council at the Portland Art Museum, Joined 2018

  • Member: The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, Joined 2017

  • Co-Owner/Curator: Ori Gallery, est 2018