Serena Kovalosky invites the viewer into a world where nature is sacred – a world of Dancing Vines, Laughing Gourds, and Stories by the Sacred Fire. Kovalosky’s work also reveals the realities of the physical world. Gourds are carved with ragged edges to reflect the natural disintegration of trees in the woods or holes burrowed by animals. Darkened interiors symbolize a natural aging process, resulting in Ancient Wisdom. GALLERY
Other sculptures glow from their gilded interiors drawing in the viewer to discover the “gold” that lies hidden inside every living thing. That, too, will eventually age over time as metal alloys are purposely used for their antiquing properties as they mature.
Serena Kovalosky was inspired to work with organic materials after seeing a collection of lacquered and finely carved gourd pottery from Olina, Mexico. She began researching the spiritual implications behind tribal art, while spending many years honing her technical skills with professional artists in Montreal, Canada and traveling to London, England to learn the art of gilding with gold leaf and alloys, which she uses in almost all of her work.
Kovalosky’s artwork was recently selected by Charles Desmarais, Deputy Director for Art at the Brooklyn Museum, NY for the prestigious Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region Exhibition at the Hyde Museum in Glens Falls, NY. Her work and creative process were featured in a recent issue of Adirondack Life Magazine, as well as on Canada’s Life Channel television and in numerous articles and radio shows. She has created installations for the New York Farm Bureau at the Egg Performing Arts Center in Albany, NY and also for the International Festival for Humanity at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
Serena Kovalosky works from her studio in Whitehall, New York, at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. As a cultural entrepreneur, she is also the co-founder and former executive director of the nonprofit Open Studios of Washington County, NY which was recently featured as a successful example of art marketing in Art Calendar Magazine.
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