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InterviewwithBrianLush
CAROLINECARPIO 2012ARTISTOFTHEYEAR
2012ArtistofTheYear,CarolineCarpio
,isarenownedpoter
andsculptorfromIsletaPueblo.Inthisexclusiveinterviewwith
BrianLush,Carpiosharesthoughtsabouthercreations,andthe
visionthatshebringstoeachpieceduringthecreativeproces.
CongratulationsonbecomingIACA'sArtistoftheYear.
Thankyou,it'sanhonor
.
Wereyouatalsurprisedaboutyourvictory?
Yes,becausethequalityoftheentrieswasamazing!
Whatinspiredthedesignofwinningpiece,“RainRainbow”?
Theinspirationfor"RainRainbow"comesfrommy"Riverof
Life"series.Theinlaidturquoisebeadsrepresenttheflowing
river.Thelidistheshapeofthecloud,andittoohasasingle
strandofinlaidturquoiseandgoldbeadsdepictingtherainbow
overanopenarch.Thesouthwestisadryclimate,andthe
Pueblopeopleprayforraintonourishandsustainourwayof
life.Therefore,waterdesignsareoftendepictedonpotery,
jewelry,clothing,etc.,and"RainRainbow"isacreationofsuch.
Whatwastheprocesyouusedtocreate“RainRainbow”?
IusedclaythatmysonandIgatheredandprepared.It'salotofhardwork,becausetheclayisheavy.I
startedwithabalofclayandpateditintoapuki(pukiisanotherbowltohelpthepotholditsshape
temporarily),thenIcoiled,sanded,stone-polishedandfiredit.ThenIinlaiditwithturquoiseandgoldbeads.
RecentlyyousaidthatworkingwithclayislikeworkingwithMotherEarth.Explainthis.
ClayMotherisMotherEarth.AsPuebloNativesthat'stheexpresionweuse.
Whatsparkedyourinterestinsculptureandpotery?
AftergrowingupinIsletaPueblo,IatendedtheInstituteofAmericanIndianArts(IAIA).Iinitialystudied
photography,butaftertakingsomeclayclaseswhichcapturedmyinterest,Iendedupgraduatinginthree-
dimensionalart.
HowdidbeingastudentatIAIAbenefityouasanartist?
Itwasawonderfulexperience,especialygetingacquaintedwithNativesfromdiferenttribesandlearning
andappreciatingtheirwayoflife.Itwasrealybeneficialtothestartofmycareer.Now,withthepermanent
location,themodernfacility,andtheoferingofaBachelor’sdegreeprogram,thereismoreincentiveand
advantageforanyonewishingtoatend.
Whatadvicedoyouhaveforapersontryingtostayafloatasafultimeartist?
Keepwithinyourmeansandavoidbeingindebt.Alsomakesacrifices.It'simperativetodowhatyoucanto
workwithcustomers,likeoferinglayawayforthehigherendpieces,whichbringsinincomebetweenshows.
WhendidyoufirstbecomeawareoftheIndianArtsandCraftsAsociation?
IbelieveitwasdirectmarketingthatfirstintroducedmetoIACA.I'vebeenamembersince1995.
Sincebecominganartistmemberwhathavebeensomeofthebenefitstoyou?
Havingdirectcontactanddoingbusineswithshopandgaleryownersandtheirrepresentatives.
Whatisyouradvicetoanyonewantingtopursueartasacareer?
Itisaverychalengingcareer.Thehoursarelongandyouhavetomakemanysacrifices,butyoucandoitif
youhavethedetermination,disciplineandpatience.
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