Tacha Vosburgh







 
OF LIZARDS AND LEGENDS: by Rikki Schmidt
 

I 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.

  For 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.

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Bogie & Bacall

 

"Living 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.

"There's 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.

 
Mulher Tacha 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.
 

"There 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."

The Gold Canyon Ledger, November, 1999

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