Nuala Creed, born 1954 in Ireland, moved to the US as a young adult and now lives in Petaluma, California. She earned her BFA in Ceramics with High Distinction from California College of the Arts in 1999. She has exhibited widely in the US in over 80 juried and over 70 invitational group shows. She is the recipient of many awards from exhibiting her work. Nuala has also received grants from the California Arts Council, and the Cultural Arts Council of Sonoma County. This summer she was awarded an Artist in Residency,by Howard Kottler Testamentary Trust, at Watershed, in Maine. In 2009 she was a resident artist at AIR Vallauris, France.
Like the child muse of a fading culture, these pieces are allegorical.
Influenced by tribal peoples and the increasing loss of the world’s fauna
and habitats, I see this work as an Aesop’s fable: they are made to
connect on an emotional level. Their bodies have become homes for the
animals that adorn them. They are elusive and ethereal, a tangible
reminder to us to protect our vulnerable cultural-ecosystems. Their
demise is our inheritance of loss.
I have worked with children for my entire adult life. The child has
naturally become a focus in my artwork. Using and exploring the figure
of the child enables me to address social, political, religious,
environmental, and cultural issues. Our vulnerability, innocour cruelty, can be reflected in the figure of the child.