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Monday, September 15, 2008

New Mexico Ceramist Inspires with Creative Visions

Santa Fe ceramist Deborah Rael-Buckley creates life-size chair and figure ceramic sculptures layered with meaning and rich symbolism. Each stoneware piece features branches, bones, ropes, writing, and symbols intertwined to create a thought-provoking play of light, shadow, and story. Beneath the obvious beauty and innovation of Rael-Buckley’s work lies a narrative about culture, religion, and family.

Deborah is an award-winning artist, born under the hot New Mexico sun, who has lived, studied, and worked in such diverse regions as Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Cortona, Italy, and, most recently, in Brussels, Belgium. Her work can be seen in museums, private collections, in her studio, on her website, or at
Blue Rain Gallery in Santa Fe.

The artist’s newest work is informed by research into her ancestors, by her travels, and by her journey home to her birth place: “I love the New Mexican landscape and the state’s varied cultures. My work relates to that and my feeling of being rooted here.”

To learn more about this artist and her imaginative work:


Anne Doyle said...

My goodness...from New Mexico to Brussels. I can hardly imagine a more diverse range of light for creating. Wonderful!

All good wishes--

Laura said...

I'm fascinated with any visual art that incorporates a narrative component, and Deborah Rael-Buckley's sculptures are breathtaking!

Suzanne Hall said...

Very Creative Style that opens up the imagination and wonder.