Aleah Koury 

Making art is key for me. It is my way of communicating personal vision using developed visual language I approach my work in a non-traditional way. My academic background is in both two and three dimensions and I am currently walking the fine line that sometimes conjoins them. Ceramics started it. Transforming earth, water, fire and air into something expressive struck me as magical. And, over the years that process has had it’s way with me. I love honesty in materials and use many mediums in their purest form. This is certainly true in my recent work. Rust is rust. Fire is used as a mark making tool and transformer. Copper, steel and bronze powders are left to present as themselves. These are my usual vehicles. Creating fills me with a sense of accomplishment and has proven valid for translating inner vision into outer reality. I paint from the inside out.

It was 1979 that I decided to call myself an artist. I took an image from a dream that inspired my first large, controlled environmental sculpture utilizing the four basic earth elements. Though I work deliberately, consciously employing both traditional and innovative techniques my subconscious and subliminal thoughts are the undisputed project managers. The concrete and repetitive nature of the work frees my imagination and provides much opportunity for inventive accidents in the studio. I recently moved to a small ranch on the Central Coast of California. Inspired by a sense of continuity in my surroundings and the inter-connected web between all things natural, I began working on two new series. “Before Genesis” and “Oh Happy Days”. Here I have allowed some imagery to take center stage but know it is the sum of the parts that becomes the work. It is all inter dependent.