An Exhibition of Religious Sculpture: Our Lady of Welcome
by Jeffrey and Anna Koh Varilla
Exhibited at the Marian Library: June 10 - August 2, 1996.
About the Art
Artistically, she is an active figure with outstretched arms and
overall movement and energy. The fluidity of drapery and profound
character of the skillfully modeled face contribute to this
successful modern, classic, realist sculpture.
The Holy Family [below, at left] sculpture functions as a focus for the role of families in today's world. Joseph, as father figure, plays an active, dynamic role as teacher. The child expresses curiosity, and contentment as he is embraced by his mother. The piece is intended to engage children as the child invites them to partake in his life.
About the Artists
Anna Koh Varilla masterfully depicts a dynamic interplay between
thought, emotion, and physical expression. Her rich and delicate
understanding of the human body allows Anna to reveal a subtlety
which embraces strength in her sculptured works.
"When we receive a commission we do a lot of research. We like to
identify with the subject. It stirs the imagination. You get an
idea of what the person might have been like."
Portrait sculpture commissions which the Varillas have completed
include those of Alexander Graham Bell, Mayor Richard J. Daley,
John James Audubon, and Conrad Hilton.
You may contact the artists at Koh-Varilla Guild, 1803 W. Byron #102, Chicago, IL 60613, 773/327-8201.
Maquettes (painted terra cotta):
Our Lady of Welcome
Our Lady of Welcome, polychrome cast terra cotta