STATEMENT: I live in the center of a city, in the middle of a desert surrounded on all sides by the enormity of the horizon. The environment is harsh. Everything is exposed. Nothing is hidden. I walk and forage in the dusty, hot landscape collecting seeds, bones and other odd bits that most might overlook. My walks reveal fragile ecosystems, strange beauty – insights in detritus. What I see in these intimate viewings finds it's way into my dreams. Dreams lead to poems. Poems lead me to what I create. I hope to bring a focus, a new way of seeing, a new life to the objects I find. My collected specimens -- ephemera preserved, protected -- celebrate the endless cycles of change and rebirth in nature.
BIOGRAPHY: Mayme Kratz was born in San Diego County, California and has lived in Phoenix since 1986. Self educated and focused on her creative life at an early age, she apprenticed with artist James Hubbell in her early twenties. Solo exhibitions include: The Tucson Museum of Art and The Tacoma Museum of Glass; as well as group exhibitions at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Phoenix Art Museum, and Blue Star Art in San Antonio Texas. Mayme was a visiting artist at Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood Washington, and was also awarded a residency at The Museum of Glass in Tacoma Washington. Her work is in many private and public collections throughout the United States and was recently awarded a mid career grant and exhibition at The Phoenix Art Museum. She is represented by and exhibits regularly at Lisa Sette Gallery (Arizona), David Lusk Gallery (Memphis) Anne Reed Gallery (Idaho).