Marilyn Da Silva’s aviary friends
Currently on exhibit at Mobila Gallery in Cambridge, MA is Marilyn Da Silva’s Sister Boxes The Quiet Garden. The show will run until October 20th.
Recognized for her application of gesso (a white paint mixture consisting of a binder mixed with chalk, gypsum, pigment, and used in artwork as a preparation for wood panels, canvas and sculpture as a base for paint) and colored pencil, Da Silva’s metal sculpture and wearable art are known for their symbolism.
Originally from Ohio, Da Silva received in 1977 an M.F.A from Indiana University in Bloomington. It was during that period that she recognized the possibilities of using metal in her artwork. In an interview with the American Craft Council she said about drawing on metal, “I regard my work as three-dimensional drawings; the forms and colors move through space creating layers both visually and conceptually."
After graduating, Da Silva taught at Bowling Green University in Ohio for nine years. In 1987, she moved to California to teach at California College of the Arts where she the chair of the metal and jewelry department.
Da Silva has often worked with bird motifs that act as “metaphors of life’s experiences. I casually observe them only to realize that they are often spending time watching us,” she told American Craft Council. Among the aviary type of sculptures she has created one that is relevant today is “Bird of Prey”. A bird that has been shaped from an old revolver. Her other work include books, candleholders, vessels and jewelry.
Earlier in 2017, she was honored as Master of the Medium for Jewelry/Metals by the James Renwick Alliance in Washington, D.C. She is a Fellow of the American Craft Council.
To view her recent work at Mobilia Gallery visit www.mobilia-gallery.com and her website marilyndasilva.com.