LIZARDS AND LEGENDS: by Rikki Schmidt
always figured I was the only woman in town who was valet
to both a big lizard and a small parrot. Then I met a
local artist, Tacha Vosburgh. Not only do we each have
a green iquana and a Quaker parrot, (not the most typical
pets), we sort of look alike and somehow we ended up living
next door to each other. And we both agree that arrogant
reptiles and rowdy birds certainly make life interesting.
Sort of like Godzilla Meets Rodan. But that's where the
similarities end. What I attempt to do with words, Tacha
Vosburgh deftly creates from clay.
Tacha, life was exciting even before it included scales, claws,
feathers and beaks. A gifted ceramic sculptor, with a Bachelor
of Fine Arts degree from Maine College of Art, Tacha Vosburgh
has had studios in Brazil and Key West, Florida. Her works
have been shown and collected in over 150 galleries throughout
the United States and Europe. She spends summers in New England
where her works are shown at the Hay Gallery in Portland,
Maine. But for six months out of the year she is here, finding
the imagery and aesthetics of the Superstitions to be conducive
to her creativity. her art evokes the magic of both the natural
and the supernatural world.
in the desert has inpspired me, and the lizards are my most
current pieces," notes Tacha. "I really enjoy
sculpting their intricate yet vulnerable features. Her iguana,
Isabella, earns her keep by acting as model and muse as
she poses for Tacha's prolific lizard series.
no secret trick," Tacha admits, "Iquanas typically
stay in one place without moving for a long time."
She is beginning to consider an avian series of sculptures
but Pickle the Quaker parrot has proven to be a less cooperative
model. Currently, the lizards can be found on both decorative
and functional pieces. They are featured alone or are capriciously
perched on pots, bowls or plates.
also has designed a sequence of small figures called
"ceremonials" holding earthenware clay bowls.
These sculptures are finished with a strikingly beautiful
metallic patina. But perhaps her most interesting works
are the "spirit helpers," a series of figures
that seem to share a common theme. The slight changes
that are reflected in each figure's expression can be
seen as one form appears to evolve into another.
is a universality in these figures," Tacha explains.
"People recognize something vaguely familiar about
them. The figures are of no one in particular, yet of everyone.
Humans have always used myth to explain ourselves. This
series is like a myth, or a story that has never happened
but is always happening. With each interpretation, it gets
retold and re-crafted through time."
Gold Canyon Ledger, November, 1999