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.