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 Gretchen Ewert  (1948 - )

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Lived/Active: New Mexico / Mexico      Known for: abstract animal, ceramic, printmaking

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Biography from Brody & White Fine Art:
Gretchen Ewert lives outside of Taos, N.M. in Arroyo Hondo. She grew up in the adjoining county in Mora and then left there to go east to study ceramics and printmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Massachusetts College of Art. After graduation, Gretchen was an associate professor at the Art Institute of Boston, and an instructor in Intaglio at the Experimental Etching Studio of Boston, which she co-founded.

Ewert's major exhibitions included one-person shows of ceramic sculpture at the Works Gallery in Philadelphia, PA, Danforth Museum of Art, Farmington, MA and the Hoyle Gallery in Boston, MA. Moving back to New Mexico fifteen years ago, she has developed her own unique view of animal history. From this view, she has developed the language that is expressed in her ceramic artwork and painting.

Her ceramic vessels include her personal vision of many animals of the world. “There’s an entire ceramic history of vessels of animals. Actually there’s a whole history of different cultures using animals to decorate their vessels—everything from Greek to Thracian to Mesoamerican to the African world. Everybody has somehow included animals in their artworkbecause they are believed to hold magical powers and have an application to their cultural language.”

As totally involved as Gretchen is with the animals, she is totally aware of the boundaries between her human world and that of the animals. She knows that there is a separateness because of their living entirely in the present. “I like beauty and calmness and a meditative sense in my work. I think beauty in art has often been rather maligned. You’re supposed to make it ugly. You’re supposed to shock people. It’s not particularly my purpose. I can appreciate other people who want to do that, but it’s not the kind of world I’m involved in.”

Gretchen Ewert's major exhibitions since moving back to NM have been at Hahn-Ross Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, Sculptural Objects Functional Art (SOFA), Chicago, IL and New York, Santa Fe Clay Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, and Taos Invites Taos—1st prize 2000 and 2003. In the past 20 years, Gretchen has also traveled and taught extensively throughout the world, especially in West Africa, Australia, India and Southeast Asia. She has taught in schools in Vietnam and Nigeria and has future plans to do more teaching of art and ceramics in these two countries.

She currently has a permanent show of ceramic sculpture and works on paper at Brody & White Fine Art, 1219 Gusdrof Road, Suite D, Taos, NM.

Biography from JRB Art at The Elms:
Gretchen Ewert’s ceramic sculptures, painted in oil and acrylics and then rubbed off with newsprint, have a clean, simple look to them, reminiscent of her years as a printmaker. Her clay pieces recall primitive religious artifacts and are often festooned with animal figures.

Ewert’s works in ceramic incorporate a whole constellation of personal experiences and references of the mythological, literary, and visual sort; a “library” assimilated through extensive travel and study in Australia, India, and primarily, West Africa. Her work has been described as “metaphysical containers for magic, or for dreams…that explore the universal connections between humankind and nature.”

Born into a family of both scientists and artists, Gretchen Ewert has been a pioneer artist in bridging the scientific and rational world with the transcendental and non-rational ways of seeing that together comprise the human experience. The meaning of Ewert’s work implies that the outer world which we experience is closely aligned with our inner lives. Her art is dedicated to exploring our understanding of human consciousness, the nature of reality, the full capacity of the human spirit and the profound social transformations which are occurring in our society.

Ewert earned a Fellowship grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and her works are in the collections of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Albuquerque Museum of Fine Art. She is also collected by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, The Magellan Fund and Fidelity Investments Corp.

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