‘Dance, When You are Perfectly Free’, bronze by Monika Kaden. Colored Patina on Steel Ball, 10 feet tall on display at SHIDONI Sculptural Garden in Tesuque. Courtesy photo
Artist Monika Kaden will teach a variety of workshops at Fuller Lodge Art Center:
- Oct. 25 Collage – Art of the New Deal – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Nov. 1 – Plaster/Alabaster: When Images Speak Lauder Than Words – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Nov. 8 Plaster/Alabaster: When Images Speak Lauder Than Words – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Nov. 15 Ceramic Pots as Sculpture – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Nov. 22 Ceramic Pots as Sculpture – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Dec. 6-7 – Torso x 2 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Dec. 12-13 – Wax On Wax Off – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
To sign up for classes, call Fuller Lodge Art Center at 505.662.1635 or visit http://fullerlodgeartcenter/classes.shtml
‘Dancing Saint Francis on Water’,10-foot-tall bronze by Monika Kaden, on display at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo
Monika Kaden lives in Santa Fe. She was raised in former East Germany. She escaped with her two young sons before the wall came down in 1988, so the freedom she experiences in the U.S. is especially relevant to her. Kaden was educated in Germany, Holland and at Alfred University, New York, where she received her MFA. She has taught, lectured and exhibited internationally.
Kaden is mostly known for her bronze and porcelain work. Her classic contemporary sculptures are shown at Shidoni Galleries in Tesuque and her small porcelain at the Fuller Lodge Art Center Gallery. Her bronzes are on display in public places in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. The turning ‘Dancing Saint Francis on Water’ fountain near the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis in Santa Fe might be mostly recognized.
“Studio-work is meditative and I isolate myself often,” Kaden says. “I like to leave my design work once in a while and be creative in class rooms.”
She loves to reconnect with people all ages and to give her knowledge to the next, she said. She also likes everything her profession has to offer and it shows in her work and teachings. She taught students of all ages in different places in the US and in Europe. Since she was given the chance 2013 to teach first time in Los Alamos, she always comes back.
“This is such a creative place. I love the close connection between art and science. This is the place to work and to exchange and to create new work,” she said.