POJOAQUE, NM — EQUINOX opens March 31, 2023, at the Poeh Cultural Center in Pojoaque. The exhibition features the pottery and textiles of Pearl Talachy (Nambé) and the jewelry of Cree LaRance (Tewa/Hopi/Navajo). This is the first exhibition for both artists who have, until now, only shown their work at various art markets.
A practicing artist for nearly 50 years, Pearl Talachy is passionate about passing down Pueblo arts knowledge to her eight grandchildren and future generations. For Talachy, the red and black clay vessels represent the beauty of mother earth as she transforms and shapes the clay using intuition. “My pots sometimes tell me what they want to be,” she says. “Sometimes I can make a pot with my ideas, and sometimes the ideas are the pots.”
Inspired by his heritage, Cree LaRance decided to pursue silversmithing full-time when he was in his 20s. “The main style I was taught was tufa casting,” notes LaRance. “Both of my parents are jewelers. I’ve been doing jewelry since I was a kid. Over the past ten years, I’ve tried several techniques like wax casting, stamping, and fabrication. Each piece is about experimenting. I may have this great idea for one piece, then I’ll make a mistake, or it won’t come out exactly like I wanted, but I’ll work with it. To me, this will be my legacy.”
EQUINOX is on display until June 30, 2023. Learn more at poehcenter.org