: Born 1945
, San Francisco, CA
: Lives in Berkeley, CA
Mildred Howard is known for her sculptural installations and mixed media assemblage work.
Her work speaks to the universal connections between people and place separated by arbitrary borders. She says, Ultimately, nearly every community on Earth contains expatriates and émigrés; my work celebrates that perpetual global movement which lends color and vitality to the world.
Island People on Blue Mountain, her first project at Shark’s, is a continuation of her nearly four decades of using collage to re-purpose found materials in an inclusive and global context.
She describes the project. “These works are layered upon pages taken from Our Islands and Their People as seen with Camera and Pencil, 1899, a two volume folio by Jose De Olivaries and Joseph Wheeler on the cultures of the Caribbean and South Pacific, which I inherited from my parents’ estate. Growing up, the books could always be found on a coffee table or under some object. As a small child I would page through them regularly.
On the surface of these and other found pages and maps, I have incorporated chine collé, gold leaf, images from antique tintype photographs sent to me by a collector from Hawaii, the text of President Obama’s speech regarding the opening of Cuba and the recurring symbol of a spade. The word “spade” is popularly misunderstood as a derogatory term but the symbol itself has a much richer historical set of meanings, including power, darkness and regenerative life”.
Her work is included in the collections of the de Young Museum, Fine Art Museums of San Francisco, CA; the Oakland Museum of California; the San Jose Museum of Art, CA; the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT; the International Museum of Glass and Contemporary Art, Tacoma, WA; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; the Washington State Art Commission; and the San Francisco Arts Commission.
Mildred Howard received her MFA degree from John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, CA.
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