Soy como las olas del mar voy y vengo
“I’m like the beach waves… I come and go…”
Figures fused into chairs interpreting well known stories, life themes and emotions; heads of characters attached to symbolic body/boxes, rustic houses on stilts reminiscent of mountain country homes; are samples of the ceramic works created by Awilda Maldonado.
Maldonado was born in the Panama Canal from parents following a military career. In 1961, the family returned to Barranquitas, Puerto Rico. It was in those early years that, after a thirty-four year teaching career, the influences of the island’s country side and its people proved to have had a profound effect on the soul of this inspiring artist.
In 2005, Ms. Maldonado took her first ceramic workshop from well-known ceramist, Luis Ivorra, who serves as her mentor to this day. Combining glazes, oxides, and wire; her favorite works are her figures where she expresses her thoughts and feelings. Maldonado is in “process”, in discovery and exploration of her inner-artistic life.