felicia Borges - glass & Mixed Media Artist

About

Examples of "graffito," defined as an ancient drawing or writing scratched on a wall or other surface, can be found throughout the ages.  Mark making, found in traditional cultural symbols, patterns, and art from around the world, is something we all have in common.

African tribal masks, motifs from India, traditional Chinese brush strokes, Day of the Dead symbolism, and sand art in all forms (including Native American, Indigenous Australian, and Tibetan) all collide with modern day street art and graffiti to inform and inspire my work in glass and mixed media.

Using bold colors, patterns, and textures, my glass work is primarily what I refer to as "Kiln Formed Graffiti Glass" and is a mixture of art glass, frit powders, rods, and stringers.  No glass paints or enamels are used.  In this way, my work is more like sand art than painting.  Marks are made with tools that are often found, recycled, or handmade and can range from my own version of a "chak-pur" (used in traditional Tibetan mandala sand art) to original stamps and stencils.  Each piece, often containing 100 layers or more, has spent considerable time in my studio and the kiln.  Each one-of-a-kind stand, handmade to my design specifications, is decidedly contemporary with an industrial edge.

Goddess Series (Kiln Formed Graffiti Glass): This series represents the inner voice, a form of mark making on the soul.  it worries, criticizes, complains, and at times even screams to get our attention.  The repetitive messaging of our inner voice is relentless and defines us over time.  Like graffiti, much of who we are is buried under superficial layers we deem good enough to show others.  Within the many layers of glass, I reveal the goddess within-flaws and all.

Exhibitions/Shows, Art Instruction, and Recognition
Felicia's work has been on display throughout the greater Sacramento and surrounding areas, including the Sacramento Arts Festival at the Sacramento Convention center, Gallery 1075 in West Sacramento, the Blue Line Gallery in Roseville, the Red Dot Gallery in Downtown Sacramento, and at various locations as part of Second Friday (Davis) and Second Saturday (Sacramento).  Felicia's work has been commissioned by private collectors and organizations worldwide.

Felicia has worked with organizations such as UC Davis extension, RedRover (event held at the Adamson Art Gallery), The Yoga Seed Collective, and PSI Makers-an emerging makers space in Rancho Cordova.  As a member of a collaborative, she also recently made her e-course teaching debut.

Felicia has been recognized by fellow artists and featured in art magazines such as Sacramento Talent Magazine and heART Journal Magazine.

Community Support
Felicia has collaborated with and/or donated her time/work to benefit non-profit and community based organizations such as Companions for Independence, Pleasant Valley Grange, Strauss Festival of Elk Grove, Jammin' for the Cure, Twin Rivers Unified School District's Project DREAM, and many other school/district-wide programs in the greater Sacramento and surrounding areas.  Her favorite project was collaborating with a classroom of 5th graders to create a tile mural for their tolerance garden.


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