How the SENSE OF WONDER Exhibit Came To Be

Jew­el­er Ari­an­na Bara, wood sculp­tor Lar­ry Favorite and painter Eduar­do Lapeti­na have spent the pan­dem­ic think­ing about their rela­tion­ship to the world and their art. This new show is the result of all the time alone in the studio.

For jew­el­er Ari­an­na Bara the events of these days, filled with both wor­ry and hope, have led to a sense of won­der. “As my world has shrunk, I spend time explor­ing the small­est worlds I have access to and find a uni­verse in the land of moss­es and lichens in the woods, to the bright greens, the tex­tures, the vari­ety of leaves and ten­drils. That  excite­ment car­ries over to the nat­ur­al beau­ty found in fos­sils and stones like Aus­tralian boul­der opals, which begin as rivers of sil­i­ca flow­ing through chan­nels in rock and become beau­ti­ful­ly unpre­dictable in the vari­ety and inten­si­ties of their col­ors. In cre­at­ing jew­el­ry with these fruits of the earth I hope to com­mu­ni­cate that same won­der to the wearer.”

For wood sculp­tor Lar­ry Favorite this has been an extra­or­di­nary year. “Due to the pan­dem­ic, I have spent long days in my stu­dio, with only a pile of desert iron­wood, tiny bits of turquoise, sheets of ster­ling sil­ver, and my imag­i­na­tion to keep me com­pa­ny. To pro­duce a fin­ished piece of art I must slow down my breath­ing, nar­row my field of vision and steady my hands. As a result, mak­ing my art has the capac­i­ty to calm both my body and my mind. These pieces high­light the endur­ing qual­i­ty of iron­wood, enhanced by a com­bi­na­tion of flow­ing abstract designs and sim­ple images drawn from nature. They are meant to com­mu­ni­cate a sense of famil­iar­i­ty, reas­sur­ance, and heal­ing. I hope you are as calmed by look­ing at these pieces as I was by mak­ing them.”

Painter Eduar­do Lapeti­na writes: “Forced by the pan­dem­ic, I was in iso­la­tion, most­ly work­ing in my stu­dio. It was an oppor­tu­ni­ty to con­nect with the out­side world through my paint­ings. I want­ed the present work to be the cat­a­lyst to rethink the sig­nif­i­cance of our future and to stim­u­late ideas and dia­logue. To have a fresh out­look with an explo­sion of vibrant col­ors, impact­ful tex­tures and mes­sages of hope. I want my jour­ney in art to be a nat­ur­al orches­tra­tion of my expe­ri­ences and emotions.”