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Summer Bloom
Mixed Media (2D)

48 x 48 in. (121.92 x 121.92 cm)

Mayme Kratz (San Diego, California, 1958 - ) Primary

Object Type: Mixed Media (2D)
Medium and Support: Resin and poppy pods on wood panel
Credit Line: Gift of Barbara and William Hyland
Accession Number: 2016.09


Indestructible Wonder, April 18, 2016 - January 29, 2017, Second Floor, Central and North Galleries, San José Museum of Art.

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Indestructible Wonder (2016-2017)

Inspired by nature, Mayme Kratz explores the complexity of human experience. A passionate wanderer and garden lover, Kratz collects organic fragments—insect wings, flower petals, animal bones, abandoned bird’s nests, and seed pods—on hikes through the high deserts of the American southwest or in her own backyard. She embeds her luminous, cast-resin wall panels and vessels with her found objects, sometimes spliced or broken apart and arranged in precise patterns. Gradually, Kratz sands and grinds the surface of her work until the interior structure of her gathered materials emerges in the form of abstract lines, circles, and spirals that reveal a kinship to the vastness of the ocean or a night sky.

"I’m always searching for the light in the objects that I’m collecting and finding a way to celebrate the life or light of that spirit. It’s a way of exploring the transformation that takes place during the process of decay, and finding the beauty in that."
-- Mayme Kratz

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