IN THE PRESS
With a degree in psychology and graduate work in “art for special populations” now called art therapy, Pineda seeks to merge her memories of growing up in a small Mexican colony outside Shafter, with the reality of being a Chicana in modern America. As a child, she worked beside her family in the fields. As a adult, she worked in migrant education and human relations. Hands reaching out and around the vessel forms symbolized this coming together of communities and culture.
Nora Pineda passionately speaks from her roots. Her forms appear as stories in the round as she transforms and mutates a magic fusion of colors, shapes and a way of life. Although she is influenced by her Mexican culture, she does not think of herself as anyone but an artist with messages to reveal ... Pineda vividly speaks to healing. Her works show great depth of emotion, celebration, suffering, and cultural bonding. In this way her elegant and beautiful vessel forms reach out beyond her hands to symbolize the togetherness of communities and culture.
Combining her love of the earth and healing with her hands, sculptor Nora Pineda brings her personal beliefs and experiences to her artwork. Like the many aspects or each person’s life, her artwork is multi-faceted. As the sculptures are rotated slightly, new shapes begin to come into view of a different yet complimentary theme. This helps create a flowing, rhythmic feel to my art. The images she chooses are personal symbols that tie in with humanity and the earth.
CHICO ENTERPRISE RECORD
Nora's Feature Interview
"Crossing Cultural Borders" at Ceramic's Monthly
In her decades-spanning practice and drawing from her Mexican cultural heritage, Nora Pineda’s complex ceramics tie together modern abstraction and ancient mythology in a wholly unique way. Inspired by her Mexican heritage, Pineda’s pieces incorporate characters that symbolize the way of life of Mexicans throughout the ages. She brings them to life with deep, undulating lines and stylized faces that are extremely expressive. Everything, from the amount of lines used to the size of their bodies, carries significance in the story each piece tells. Pineda uses a variety of finishes – matte, textured, glossy – and a palette that can either be turned up or muted depending on the narrative.
An important feature of Pineda’s pieces is that they are created in the round, with the piece truly operating as a three-dimensional object. These are not straight sculptures, but forms inspired by the traditional use of ceramics: the vessel. Pineda’s shapes come directly from altered forms and manipulation of clay, and many of these forms are even functioning vessels. This is another example of how the artist brings ancient tradition together with new aesthetic ideas.
Pineda was born in Bakersfield, California and has been extremely active in the California art scene for many years. She has also won several prestigious awards for her work.
Nora Pineda will be attending The Intergalactic Open exhibition! This fine art exhibit is hosted by, ShockBoxx Gallery, a destination for art, art enthusiasts, art collectors and special events located in Hermosa Beach, California. Show dates: January 25th to February 8th. Reception: Saturday, January 25th from 7pm to 9pm at 2309 Pacific Coast Highway, Unit 207
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254. Please join Nora for this exhibit!
Nora Pineda will be attending Art Expo New York! Each year thousands of art industry insiders flock to Artexpo New York in search of the art and artists that will shape trends in galleries worldwide. Hosting more than 35,000 avid art enthusiasts annually, this is the largest international gathering of qualified trade buyers! Join Nora at Artexpo New York, April 23–26, 2020!
Nora Pineda will be attending 2020 Chico Home & Garden Show! This fine art and home decor show is the largest and finest of Home Shows in Northern California. Not only is Chico a wonderful community with the third largest city park in the country, it abounds with homeowners with equity. Join Nora at April 18 & 19, 2020!
Nora Pineda is headed to New York City for her annual fine art exhibit with, Agora Gallery. A gathering of several accomplished international artists will be featured at this fine art extravaganza. Reception and show dates to be announced!