Pasadena City College, 2015
Artist Gina M. hails from a funky and creative family. In the 70’s her parents owned a puppet theater in California where weekends were spent developing shows, building puppets, and hosting birthday parties. Creativity was a way of life. Her anthropomorphic affinities began early during this childhood raised by puppets and their puppeteers.
These unique life-events mix simultaneously with her societal observations to inform her art, recording the significance of memory and mortality, self-reflecting on the dread of the aging process and the image-altering effects of gravity.
Each piece in the series ‘Lost Not Forgotten’, by Gina M., possesses a surface innocence and non-threatening nature, to draw the viewer in, whereby a deeper meaning or message emerges. The collection consists of hand-built high-fired ceramic teddy bears, toys, and puppets in different stages of decomposition where iconic images from her childhood become lost objects, misplaced opportunities, and distant memories.