Beverly Mangham

I have been creating my assemblage-collage style works since about 1992. These I develop from a variety of materials: urban cast-offs and refuse, ordinary every-day items - kitchen utensils, tin cans, or children's doll parts; often more unusual eclectic, or even collectible items such as old boxes, jewelry, old advertising and memorabilia. These I salvage from thrift stores, garage sales, flea markets and antique shops. The final shape and message of my pieces is often influenced by whatever materials may present themselves during the search.

I have ten years experience working in the ceramic arts. My sculptures are constructed using conventional shop components, basic tools, and traditional hardware; my clay work is fired in the Raku manner, a fast fire technique originated in Japan. I give particular attention to the use of adhesives appropriate for the multitude of materials I use. Most of my items are either wired or bolted together for the purpose of assuring sturdy, durable construction.

By combining, juxtaposing, and redefining ordinary objects and cultural icons I hope to initiate a visual conversation with the viewer. My passion for poetry and lyrical messages are, I believe, apparent in the final translations. I like to build visual and intellectual surprises, perhaps a cliche or thinly disguised bit of humor into each piece I make. I want to offer the audience a treat beyond the visual image.

I am influenced daily by all that surrounds me. My work hints of a childhood spent in New Orleans and my many travels in Mexico and Central America. My inspiration springs from the daily life I live in the rural Texas hill country with my husband and fellow artist, Billy Ray Mangham, and a family of wonderful animals.

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