The Quicksilver Mine Co.
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Mixed Media Ceramic Sculpture at Quicksilver
August 19—September 25, 2011
Carol Holtzman Fregoso is a clay artist who has worked in pottery, bas relief and has recently begun to incorporate mixed media into her work. She sculpts primarily human figures, stripped of realism to expose the emotion within the clay. The sculptures have a kinetic quality and in their oddity, Fregoso's sculpted people-semitic, open-mouthed, awkward, amorous-tell a story of every woman, every man.
"The gentleness of clay allows me to see the vision and to then manipulate the clay into the feeling that comes from my center. As it moves into form (mostly human) there is no boundary or safety; the expression is raw and real. Clay allows me to express my process and through the wonderful malleable material, my inner feelings immerge. This process began many years ago when I knew that expressing my truth was the way to freedom. Beauty, line, color: these are all important, but opening to the honest feeling within has been my path: learning to see, letting go, and allowing."
Carol graduated from College Of Arts And Crafts with honors. She has shown extensively and has taught ceramics to high school students and to adults for over 30 years.