July 06, 2016
Sculptor Cristina Cordova featured in latest InFrame
Meet the artist trying to balance her two great passions
Born in Puerto Rico, the award-winning sculptor started her post-secondary education set to become an engineer. While struggling through a difficult course load Cordova found herself drawn to channels that allowed her to use her hands to express.
It was then that Cordova realized a deep need to pursue a life in the arts. Through the discovery of clay as a medium, Cordova was able to shift “being an artist” from a loosely defined idea to a concrete fact.
Her delicate, yet empowering sculptures straddle the line between realistic and conceptual, allowing the viewer to project their own concepts onto each piece.
After receiving her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Puerto Rico, Cordova moved to Upstate New York to attend the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. She earned a Master of Fine Arts, began a residency at Penland School of Crafts and watched as her career in America began to flourish.
Her work is now part of the permanent collections of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Puerto Rico, the Joseph-Schein Museum in New York and many other museums across America and Puerto Rico.
While still developing her identity as a growing artist, Cordova was faced with a shift when a second passion entered her life—her family. Now married with two daughters, Cordova faces the daily endeavour of not only finding balance between those two passions, but discovering ways to unify them.
In this episode of InFrame, filmmaker Bas Berkhout and Cordova explore what it means to be a working mother from an artist’s perspective. Visit Format Magazine to hear Cordova speak about her journey to becoming an artist and a mother, and how she learned to accept and appreciate failure.
InFrame is an online documentary series produced by Format.com and Bas Berkhout. Each video that makes up the collection of intimate shorts follows a talented creative individual from the Format community, profiling their unique path to success. From humble beginnings to unforgettable triumphs, InFrame gets to the heart of the person behind the professional. format.com/magazine/inframe
About Bas Berkhout
Born and raised in the Netherlands, Bas Berkhout is an award-winning filmmaker and producer with over 12 years of worldwide experience in the field of commercial and documentary filmmaking. Currently residing in Brooklyn, NY, Berkhout has a proven track record with producing viral online content. In 2012, he co-founded the storytelling film series Like Knows Like profiling creatives and entrepreneurs famous in the digital world, and became a Vimeo Staff Pick three times within one year. Since, he has worked with partners and clients including Vimeo, CreativeMornings, Samsung, ING Insurance, ASICS Europe and now, Format. basberkhout.nl
Format makes it easy to build a professional portfolio website—without learning to code. Tens of thousands of creative professionals in over 190 countries use the platform to beautifully showcase their work, attract clients and grow their careers. Founded in 2010 in Toronto, Canada, Format is a self-funded company. format.com
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