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Heloise Crista: Biographical Sketch
Heloise Crista studied Applied Arts at UCLA when she discovered and read
Frank Lloyd Wright's Autobiography Drawn by the warmth and beauty and spirit of his
work she came to Taliesin to study his philosophy and architecture and to become part of
the Taliesin Fellowship.
Unexpectedly, the following years were spent largely in dance and costume design for the Taliesin Festivals of Music and Dance. In 1956 she made a bust of Frank Lloyd Wright, her first recognized sculptural work. It was not until 1978, however, that Crista's made a decision to become a sculptor and followed her own self-made path toward that end. One may observe that Crista's sculptures show her dance training in the strong flow and movement of her cast pieces. Her arresting works reflect her thoughts and concerns, and ideas of individual evolution. Mainly of cast bronzes, her sculptures also include those made of welded Cor-ten steel and fabricated sheet metal. They are permanently exhibited at Taliesin West where they are available for sale.
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Through a glsass darkly
Romeo and Juliet
Coming into the Present
Lately, the ideas that interest me most have to do
with one's inner freedom and evolution of being.
Because these ideas are so abstract, the images for the
sculptures sometimes take much thought. As a sculpture
is developed, the idea contained in it may take on a
depth and breadth not originally in mind. This is a
good thing as it means the piece can be "read" on
multiple levels of understanding.
Night and Day
Once the image for a piece is in mind, I set about
doing the work of making the sculpture. However, it
cannot be merely a representation of an idea. The real
struggle comes in allowing that idea to evolve and
manifest itself in terms of art. And art, if achieved,
is something that contains all said principles put
together to produce a magical piece of individual work
that comes from an artist's soul.
My inspirations come from different places: sometimes
from photography (the time lapse movement images),
from geometric forms, from the sense of movement in
dance, and from the forces of nature, i.e., wind,
fire, water, and the patterns made thereof.
I believe art should uplift the spirit, touch the
emotions directly by way of content and by way of
beauty. I strive toward that end.
"The transformation of Pinocchio into a real boy is analogous to the
ordinary man becoming an extraordinary man, i.e. a real human being. As in
the tale of Pinocchio, it is sure to require a true heart, a deep enduring
wish, unceasing work, and perhaps, a fairy godmother, i.e. a Being of higher
substance under whose influence we might have a chance."
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