Installation, Mixed Media, Performance, Public Art, Sculpture
Artist / Personal Statement
Art is an exercise in obedience to a greater calling; it is a search, as if in prayer, for meaning and purpose.
My work is autobiographical. For inspiration I draw mainly from Old and New Testament Scriptures, poetry, and music, moving from literal to illusionistic and metaphoric forms, investigating that which is invisible. It is in this relationship with the invisible and the inexplicable that interest me, This communion permits an expression of the self, finding sacred spaces where one can be in touch with creativity. And it is in my creativity that I feel the presence of the Invisible.
It is thus in a spirit of constant personal renewal that I approach my work, as a spiritual journey, an exercise and meditation on the essence of life.
Accomplishments / CV
Silvan Tei Kenney, born in Marina di Carrara, Italy, lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. After receiving an Elementary School degree from Scuola Magistrale in Pisa, Italy, she relocated to the United Sates to study languages. She received her AA from Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, CA. After raising her family, she then returned to school and earned both a BA and MA from California State University Northridge, with emphasis in sculpture.
Since 1997 she has exhibited in various galleries, universities, and churches both domestically and internationally. She was artist in residence at Emmanuel Covenant Church (aka Emmanuel Covenant) in Northridge, for seceral years.
She created large installations for venues such as the Museo ItaloAmericno in San Francisco, the Addie L. Klotz Student Health Center At CSU Northridge, and the Cappella Medici in Seravezza, Italy.
Additionally, she studied performance art with Rachel Rosenthal and Company in Los Angeles and performed at Dangerous Curve, an alternative art gallery in LA.
In 2002 her performance piece "Fragility" won second place in a juried art show at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia.
In 2006, she volunteered and participated in the restoration of the medieval town of Victor la Coste, France. Later that same year, she was invited to participate in another restoration project where she was asked to create an installation in the cave below the 14th century farmhouse Masseria Jesce in Puglia, Italy. Her last project was an installation, "A Matter of the Spirit" for the CIVA biannual conference at
Biola University, La Mirada, CA.
Silvana gives credit for her passion and gifts to God, who has blessed her with the above opportunities.
Hi Silvana! You asked about my work....margotrogers.com is my portfolio, I'll be putting up more images on the network. My artwork tends towards extremes...tiny and digital or giant and hand-painted. I love artists like Os Gemeos and Antonio Lopez Garcia who challenge the boundaries by creating giant works that could be tiny and vice versa. I'll put up some of my illustrations and murals- thanks for asking!
Hi Silvana: Good to see your new work posted here ! I especially enjoy the bronze pieces 'Waiting' and the Man-of-Sorrows (mask) piece. Would love to see some added details of 'Waiting'. Hope all is well with you !