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Lucy Ghelfi has always been an artist, daydreaming about the colors and textures that surrounded her in the fields she worked as a child. She came to know nature at an elemental level, being able to sense changes in the mist from early-morning to mid-morning, or the different hues the ocean took as the day wore on.
She was born in the middle... The middle of 6 children. The middle of California. The middle of the twentieth century. She would become a part of the abstract expressionist movement that was taking shape at the same time these rows of crops imprinted their shapes onto her first memories.
Es más que parece… Lucy Ghelfi embraces a desire to welcome the unexpected into her artwork and reveals that she is a nonconformist at heart. Within a culture, there are unique differences in every experience. Lucy’s identity as a Mexican-American woman has also imbued in her a core value of inclusivity across divisions. The ways in which heritage creates inter-connections, even to those who did not walk the same path, is what interests and excites her.
She was a migrant worker, moving from place to place with her family, until middle school, when Salinas became home. She would eventually obtain a masters degree, but remembers every name of every art teacher throughout junior high and high school. And after years working as an educator herself, Lucy’s training in Studio Arts began in earnest at San Jose City College and West Valley Community College. She has been a working artist ever since.
She has shown her work in dozens of shows across the San Francisco Bay Area including solo exhibitions. Her artwork crosses many mediums, from ceramics to mixed media with the incorporation of found objects. Her materials are often unconventional, from powdered pigments to acrylics, from fabric to spackle. Her artwork can be found in collections up and down the Pacific Coast and throughout the country.
I sit down with a piece of unformed clay and wait for it to speak through the silence. There is something it wants to become, something that cannot be imposed. Every blank canvas begins with the same meditation on texture, color, depth and direction. And so, I listen. It is an expansive process. Every moment holds infinite possibility. Every choice invites the next. My influences are many… elements in the natural world, from the ground to the sky. There is a fluidity to my process, an intuitive sense that reaches – as if through the clay or canvas – and takes my hand to lead the way. Though I am the creator of each piece, I am also its audience, mesmerized by its unfolding. The space that is created is not only for me, it is for each viewer. Every artwork holds up a mirror so that inner reflection can take place. Whatever unique thought emerges, that is what this piece was for.
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