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An Artist Speaks Season 4 Episode 30 with Guest Artist Phyllis Mantik deQuevedo

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This weeks guest is sculpturess Phyllis Mantik deQuevedo of Oaklahoma.  A native of Canada and a graduate of the Alberta College of Art in Calgary, Phyllis moved to the United States in 1981.  She believes that her introduction to sculpture was by design. From early experiences of completing a sculpture, seeing a form emerge from a lump of clay, she has delighted in creating. Out of this personal joy she realizes a responsibility; to create work that adds value to our existence, to evoke a smile; to touch someone’s heart and for a moment to capture an emotion. Her desire is that the transforming experiences in life such as tenderness, intimacy and spirituality would enable new artistic growth and provide inspiration for her sculpture.

“I believe my responsibility as a sculptor is to create work that adds value to our existence, if only to evoke a simple smile. My hope is to be someone who represents goodness in life by creating, teaching, learning, discovering, sharing, and serving. I identify with the words of architect Samuel Mockbee, who said, “The role of the artist in Society is to lift the spirit, to somehow let us see the goodness in things.” His words incorporate my philosophy as an artist as well.”

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