223 N Guadalupe St. #274
Santa Fe, NM 87501
LDS-MHB-3SBR-0817CE-02 2017 Pit-Fired Foraged Clay 15 x 4 x 4 inches
Jamie Porter Lara (Born 1969) learned to make ceramics with the potters of Mata Ortiz, a village dedicated to ceramics, founded by Juan Quezada Celado in Mexico. Nearby are the ruins of Paquime, a Mogollon town abandoned in the 15th century that was center of the Casas Grandes civilization. Taking walks in the desert Porter Lara paid less attention to the occasional Mogollon ceramic shard preferring a different dis-guarded vessel, plastic bottles used to carry water by present day refugees heading to the US border. Following the original route of these refugees, an exciting narrative occurred to the artist: these bottles did more than carry water, they were crucibles of courage, determination and undefeated human spirit. She decided to memorialize the journeys, converting the plastic bottle into ceramic pots with sleek minimal forms, spouts ready to accept screw tops, and an exceptional burnished black mirror surface. The seeming crucifix on the auction piece does not denote a single religion but simply, faith. Porter Lara recently was featured in a three-artist show, “Border Crossings”, at the National Museum of Women in the Art in Washington DC. She is represented by the Gerald Peters Projects, Santa Fe NM
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