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Charles M. Carrillo, Saint Teresa

Charles M. Carrillo, Saint Teresa, Adrian Aragon photograph

Charles M. Carrillo is a bridge between culture and historical eras. A Neuvo Mexicano, he is a direct descendant of the Spanish conquistadors who entered what is now New Mexico in the Sixteenth Century. He is also related to the American Indians who have inhabited the Southwest for millennia. Often a difficult and brutal history, the story of New Mexico is embodied in the paintings and sculptures of Charles, archeologist turned Santero, or saint painter. Using his background in archeology and science, he has re-invented the processes and materials used by Santeros centuries ago and married them to the designs and traditions of the American Indians who live in the pueblos. His message is one of reconciliation, harmony and humanism. His tools are the artist's paintbrush and the sculptor's chisel.

L: Beth Lipman, Candlesticks, Books, Flowers and Fruit R: Beth Lipman, After You're Gone

L: Beth Lipman, Candlesticks, Books, Flowers and Fruit, 2010, Courtesy of Heller Gallery

R: Beth Lipman, After You're Gone, 2008, Courtesy of Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence

Beth Lipman is a glass artist who uses the traditional still life painting as the starting point for her elaborate, complex "still lives" which are often laden with hundreds of blown and lamp worked glass objects, the ghostly remains of an extravagant party. These sculptures capture the visual sumptuousness and excess of a feast. Her work has several messages. It is about lavish abundance and decay and reminds us to consider not only the frivolity of the moment, but also the consequences of our actions.

To enjoy the beauty of a handmade object is a pleasure. In Messages, we are drawn to the artists' thoughts and aspirations as well as their creativity. Their ideas are as brilliant as their designs; their mission is to make art that makes a difference.


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Craft In America Educational Materials look further at Messages as a concept in craft. Visit the EDUCATION section HERE > to see what's available and download a Lesson Guide.

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We filmed artist Thomas Mann for the MESSAGES episode. Learn more about the series HERE >

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