Mariam Pakbaz: Something Not Yet Made
May 9 – June 2, 2019
Reception: Saturday, May 11, 6-8pm | Facebook Event
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I didn't intend to make work about the Fire that happened six months ago. My focus for this show was what I always work on: the constant pursuit of an ideal image. I enter my studio every day with the hope that I will make a piece that ticks that box in some way. I make art that reflects what I take in around me and what I think about. I didn't want to think about the glaring light I could see over
the ridge near my house last November. I don't make work about current events. But Paradise was part of that sphere I call my own little world because it's close to Chico, where I live. Finally, something hit me hard enough to bleed through me and into my work.
As much as I resisted, the smoke came in.
Not every piece is about the fire. I made several pieces before then. I made a few during the fire and even though the Camp Fire smoke blew away physically, it's still in my mind. The next fire is on my mind and possibly, in something not yet made.
Mariam Pakbaz was born in Northern California and has lived most of her life there. She earned a BFA at Colorado State University, Fort Collins and an MFA at California State University in Chico. She liked Chico so much that she decided to stay. If she is not in her studio making art, she is gardening or caring for her many animals.