Photograph of Artist KANIKA MARSHALL
KANIKA MARSHALL
Elk Grove, California - United States



Original Artworks (8)

Kanika Marshall; Looking Back On My Life, 2000, Original Ceramics Handbuilt, 11 x 22 inches. Artwork description: 241  Best of Show in 2000.  The swiveling head can look toward the back face onto three women dancing under the sun and on top of stars. Clay, leather, marbles.  ...
Kanika Marshall
Original Handbuilt Ceramics, 2000
11 x 22 inches (27.9 x 55.9 cm)
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Kanika Marshall; Modigliani Returns Africa, 2000, Original Ceramics Handbuilt, 8 x 22 inches. Artwork description: 241  Italian painter, Modigliani, used the elongated forms from African tribes as inspiration to his paintings.  This mask utilizes the same type of elongation that Modigliani appropriated and returns it to an African- oriented mask form.  Clay, shells, metal. ...
Kanika Marshall
Original Handbuilt Ceramics, 2000
8 x 22 inches (20.3 x 55.9 cm)
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Kanika Marshall; Contemplating Old Wounds, 2004, Original Ceramics Handbuilt, 10 x 16 inches. Artwork description: 241  Best of Show in 2004 Valley Sculpture Artists show and 2004 State Fair Winner.  This breast cancer survivor contemplates this life- altering condition with grace and bravery. Clay, marbles, jute. ...
Kanika Marshall
Original Handbuilt Ceramics, 2004
10 x 16 inches (25.4 x 40.6 cm)
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Kanika Marshall; My Cup Runneth Over, 1999, Original Ceramics Handbuilt, 10 x 18 inches. Artwork description: 241  Beautifully carved and textured scene of an African village, where the stream of life- giving water flows from the top of the open head and downward through the village and into the environment. ...
Kanika Marshall
Original Handbuilt Ceramics, 1999
10 x 18 inches (25.4 x 45.7 cm)
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Kanika Marshall; Renovation Of Spirit, 1998, Original Collage, 30 x 24 inches. Artwork description: 241  Depicting in collage form Kanika' s 3D journey in search of inner Spirit. Paper, clay, stones, fabric. ...
Kanika Marshall
Original Collage, 1998
30 x 24 inches (76.2 x 61.0 cm)
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Kanika Marshall; Kiburi Kneeling, 2004, Original Ceramics Handbuilt, 11 x 20 inches. Artwork description: 241  This thoughtful African Hammar woman is kneeling with her basket of grain.  Red clay mud adorns her hair and body in preparation for a ceremony.  Clay, fabric, leather, gourd, and beads.  ...
Kanika Marshall
Original Handbuilt Ceramics, 2004
11 x 20 inches (27.9 x 50.8 cm)
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Kanika Marshall; Nigerian Bead Party, 2002, Original Ceramics Handbuilt, 17 x 19 inches. Artwork description: 241 This 2002 California State Fair winner depicts a sassy young woman readying her colorful beads for trading....
Kanika Marshall
Original Handbuilt Ceramics, 2002
17 x 19 inches (43.2 x 48.3 cm)
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Kanika Marshall; Holy Man, 1995, Original Ceramics Handbuilt, 12 x 16 inches. Artwork description: 241 Holy Man depicts the wisest man in the tribe.  First Place winner in the California Arts Leagues' Magic in May show in 1995....
Kanika Marshall
Original Handbuilt Ceramics, 1995
12 x 16 inches (30.5 x 40.6 cm)
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Artist Statement

Kanika Marshall has created a distinctive collection of mixed-media art sculptures, which includes hand-painted tile mosaics and other two-dimensional wall pieces, three-dimensional sculptures, masks, garden art, wearable art, figurines, goddesses, breast cancer survivor art, and tribal-design pottery.

She sculpts some pieces by hand from clay, paints them with a color glaze to form the varying hues of skin tones and other colors, and then low fires them in a kiln to ceramic perfection. Many of the pieces are draped with fabulously textured fabrics from Africa, and/or adorned with beadwork, glass, leather, recycled metal, stones, shells, or other finishing touches. Kanika believes her African ancestors work joyously through her hands to create each one-of-a-kind sculpture.

Kanika studied with renowned potter/sculptor Ruth Rippon in 1980-81 and with figurative sculptor, Yoshio Taylor, in the early 1990s. Kanika’s sculptures have been sold for years in the Crocker Art Museum, numerous art galleries and stores throughout Northern California, at juried art shows, on the World Wide Web, and to art aficionados all over the world.

The City of Elk Grove purchased Kanika’s “Leather Locks & Five Ancestors” and “Sea Jellies and River Rock.” Kanika’s sculptures have been purchased for the California Black Caucus, New Faze Development building in North Sacramento and by many collectors of fine art worldwide. Kanika twice won Best of Show in Valley Sculpture Artist competitions; First Place in Northern California Artist and California Arts League art shows; Second Place in VSA, Elk Grove Artists, and Art on the River shows; Awards of Excellence in three California State Fairs; Awards of Merit in five California State Fairs; and Honorable Mentions at the NCA “Bold Expressions” and “Magnum Opus XIV” shows. Kanika has also been interviewed on the “San Francisco Live” television show, and in “Sacramento Magazine,” “Sacramento Spotlight,” and the “Sacramento Bee,” “Sacramento Observer,” and “Elk Grove Citizen” newspapers. Kanika was also selected to judge the Elk Grove Artists High School Art Show from 2007 to 2012, as well as the 2008 California State Fair Youth Sculpture Show.
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