BIO: Kay Sarver was born in 1949 in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she grew up and later attended the University of Cincinnati, majoring in fine arts. She soon embraced painting with oils, and continues to explore this media. She moved to Houston, Texas in 1978, where she still lives and works as an artist.
BIO: Niels Kongsbak has worked as a professional artist for 20 years. He runs Galleri Kongsbak in Esbjerg, where his own works can be seen, as well as works from several other artists working in ceramics, glass art, photography. He paints in an abstract way with a close touch to nature..
Collaboration & Response Gallery:
Kay Sarver's collaboration start
Kay's response to the collaboration
Niel Kongsbak collaboration start
Niel's response to the collaboration
Using oils on wood and wire sculpture, my intent is to capture humans, animals, and plants in a way that communicates our vital and inseparable connections with each other. I wish to appeal to our deeper, inner knowing as human beings by bringing this awareness to the surface through my art.
For the Rørpost collaboration, my Danish partner and I selected “borders” as our theme. The very word denotes separation, an idea which is taken further by countries that build walls between themselves and their neighbors. In this way, not only did we visually address this topic, we came together across our own borders to do so. In spite of some discomfort along the way during this project, learning to be more flexible was key, followed by a healthy, active willingness to grow.
Kay and I wanted to make a picture that illustrates the refugee-situation in Europe and immigration to Texas. We talked about walls - the wall in China, the wall in Berlin, the wall in Hungary, walls in Israel and the wall between US and Mexico. Ronald Reagan said “Tear down this wall” and John F. Kennedy said “Ich bin ein Berliner”. They were both talking against walls. Nowadays we are building walls.
Kay made the first drawings with a pencil - a landscape with a big wall. Normally I work with many colors, so I used some watercolors and then I wrote some of our thoughts on the wall. New bars with French words and also French words hang in the sky. For me, France is a country with a lot of love and emotion, and the words in French symbolize these things. A woman in the corner is blowing love to the world. And Marilyn Monroe — I believe in the South Korea around the beginning of 1950 — is also a symbol of love.