Wonder Ball | Mayme Kratz
Born 1958, San Diego
Lives and works in Phoenix
Dusk Bloom 5, 2016
Resin and poppy pods on panel
30 x 30 inches
Courtesy of Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco
Retail value: $8,500
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 found objects, sometimes spliced or broken apart and arranged in precise patterns, in luminous, cast-resin wall panels and vessels. Kratz sands and grinds the surface of her pieces until the interior structure of her gathered materials gradually emerges as abstract lines, circles, and spirals that reveal a kinship to the vastness of the ocean or a night sky.
Self-educated as an artist, Mayme Kratz received the Mid-Career Award from Contemporary Forum, Phoenix Art Museum, in 2010. Selected solo exhibitions of her work include the Museum of Glass, Tacoma, Washington (2003), and the Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona (2002). Her work is in the collections of the Phoenix Art Museum; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, Arizona; and the Tucson Museum of Art.
A related work by Kratz is on view at SJMA in the current exhibition Indestructible Wonder.