Photo by Christine Dong

Photo by Christine Dong

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MAYA VIVAS

Bio

Maya Vivas is a ceramic/performance artist. 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 engaging and relating to clay as both an extension of my body as well as it’s own autonomous being. Clay possesses memory, body weight, and a flesh-like quality that I have yet to experience from any other medium: the feeling of another presence in the room.

The use of traditional hand building techniques is the root of my practice. Hand building requires dedicated time, meticulous attention to surface, and care. It is through time spent with the clay where I feel the most connected. 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 the textures from mineral, flora, and the human body, re-translating these motifs into newly invented forms that are alive, sensual and dynamic.

Through these sculptural gestures, 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, the feminine, 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, glimmering, rippling, and dancing beneath the viewer’s gaze. At what point do our identities become performative? Who are these performances for? And what does this reveal about us?

 


CV


Education

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts : Ceramics - 2013
  • Bachelor of Arts : Graphic Design - 2013
  • Flagler College, St. Augustine Fl. 

Speaking Engagements

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

  • August 20th, 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-panelist: 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 30th, 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 - “Clay as a Lover” - C3Initiative - Portland, Oregon May 4, 2018 - “Hyun Gi” - S1 - Portland, Oregon

  • May 4-5, 2018 - “Cvllejerx Ropa Vieja” - S1 - Portland, Oregon

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

Exhibitions

  • 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