Former KPC art student moves to the head of the class

Chiseled looks

Posted: Thursday, October 05, 2000

Joy Falls has come full circle, you might say.

In a handful of years, the artist has gone from student to teacher, and her current exhibit, "Greeting Laticia," at the Kenai Peninsula College Art Gallery demonstrates why.

There may be only seven pieces in the exhibit, but each sculpture begs for a long, hard look at its intricacies and detail.

Falls' work consist of pieces made from Rosa marble, Carrara marble, onyx, soapstone, Russian travertine, calcite and Portugalo marble. Each has a consistency so unique that no sculpture is the same.



Photo by Jay Barrett

"Loretta" is caressed into life out of Carrara marble, the same material used by Michelangelo in his works of art. "Loretta" combines both a smooth and rough surface in its intricate design. The twist in the white marble is delicate, despite its cold, hardened texture.

Falls' creation of "Sisters" is a small, polished item, yet intriguing in shape and design.

Her sculpture, "Amanda" glistens in the track lighting, which enhances all of the pieces. The white marble is encompassed in geometric shapes -- triangles, circles, straight lines; they all come together in a unique blend of artistry.

The largest piece in the exhibit, "I Am," deserves several looks.


"Mamie Loce"

Photo by Jay Barrett

At first glance, one sees a tall twisted stone. However, the detail is incredible upon closer examination. Each side of the sculpture is finely carved and cut in small to minute openings. The dainty swirls, circles and curly-Qs are etched over the sculpture's entirety, yet the surface is both smooth and rugged. A telling piece about the artist.

Falls created the sculpture in Italy. It weighs more than 1,000 pounds.

Falls recently left the halls of KPC as an art student and received her masters in Montana. This semester she returns to KPC to teach her first sculpture class.

The exhibit is on display through Oct. 13. Art gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.



Photo by Jay Barrett

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