Skuja Braden (LATVIA & USA)

Represented Artist

Skuja Braden (LATVIA & USA)

Represented Artist

Skuja Braden is the pseudonym and combined names of the International ceramic art team Inguna Skuja from Latvia, and Melissa Braden from Sacramento, California.  They began working together in February of 1999 and have continued to work together since that time.  They both work on every aspect of the design and form together.

The very process of their collaborative creating, gives their work an extremely individualized and unique character.  Skuja Braden’s work can be found in private collections and museums in places like Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Korea, Lithuania, Switzerland, Russia, United Kingdom, and the United States.

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ARTIST STATEMENT

Skuja Braden is simultaneously a fictitious person, noted artist, and a bandit and thief who has stolen the individual identities of artists Inguna Skuja (from Latvia) and Melissa Braden (from California).  Skuja Braden, is the pseudonym made up of both artists last names and the signatures marking all their collaborative works.  The two have worked together on all aspects of their collective works since 1999.  Inguna Skuja and Melissa Braden both exists; however, in the art world it is literally Skuja Braden who exists, while Inguna Skuja  and Melissa Braden individually, take on secondary roles of authorial existence.  Skuja Braden is the third artist to have grown out of their collaboration.   Not only  does this third artist have a mind of its own, it also rests or fills up a third position arising from the shared efforts of these two artist.  Thus Skuja Braden is 1+1=3.  Skuja Braden has been featured in Ceramic Monthly and published in 19 books.  Skuja Braden works can be found in private collections and museums in, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, England, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungar, Italy, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Russia, and throughout the United States.

We are both simultaneously, I and Other; like two mirrors facing each other, each of us reflects a bit of our tiny corner of the world onto the other.  Where our reflections meet in the middle, a prism is formed which goes on, and on, endlessly.  A dialogue is created from the inter-reflecting characteristic of our double-creating, and constantly reveals itself  as a conversation taking place between us and others. Our work is an amalgamation of our combined talents and gifts melded together into a singular statement.

EDUCATION

Skuja’s Education

2009-2011 Latvian Art Academy, Riga, Latvia (MFA Ceramics)
1994-1995 Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA (Ceramic Studies)
1987-1992 Latvian Art Academy, Riga, Latvia, (BA Ceramic Studies)
1983-1987 Applied Art College, Riga, Latvia (Diploma in Ceramics)

Braden’s Education

1999 Latvian Art Academy, Riga, Latvia (painting & ceramics studies)
1997-1999 Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA (MA in Film Production-ABT)
1992- 1997 Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA (BA Painting/Sculpture & BA in Art History)
1988-1992 Sierra College, Rocklin, CA (AA in Fine Art and AA in Liberal Art)

EXHIBITIONS

Solo Exhibitions

2017 Curve Increased, Panevezys Civic Art Gallery, LITHUANIA
2013 A Dog’s Life: Un-chained, Riga’s Porcelain Museum, Riga LATVIA
2013 Skuja braden Laiks Pasacinai, Laipa Galerija, Valmeia LATVIA
2013 Mana Aizkraukle: Skuja Braden, Kalna Ziedi Mueum, Aizkraukle, LATVIA
2013 Skuja Braden Stasta, Bastejs Galerija, Riga LATVIA
2012 Laced Porcelain, Csipske Museum, Kiskunhalas, Kossuth HUNGARY
2011 Sweet Kiss, Mans’s Gallery, Jekabpils LATVIA
2011 Beyond Black and White, Galerija Putti, Riga LATVIA
2010 Karma Koma, Makslas XO Galerija, Riga LATVIA
2010 Karma Koma, Museum of History and Art, Aizkraukle LATVIA
2009 Puzzling Skuja Braden,Museum of Contemporary Craft Gallery, Portland, Oregon USA
2008 Dowry: The Business of Marriage, Pence Gallery, Davis, California USA
2008 Supercrock, Memorial Union Hall. OSU, Corvallis, Oregon USA
2008 Bloodlines, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Otis, Oregon USA
2006 Born in the Summerhouse,Museum of History and Art, Aizkraukle, LATVIA
2005 Skuja Braden Babies, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, California USA
2003 The Inevitability of Change, Sol Ceramica Gallery, Sacramento, California USA
2001 Evening Treasures, Putti Gallery, Riga LATVIA
2001 Kaila Patieciba, Makslas XO Galerija, Riga LATVIA
1999 Head-Lamps, Salon Maksla, Riga LATVIA
1999 Here Kitty, Kitty! Ciris Gallery, Riga LATVIA
1998 The Best of Skuja, Gallery Salons Maksla, Riga LATVIA
1998 Ten Women, Ciris Gallery, Riga LATVIA
1998 Landscapes in Transition, The Center, Eureka, California USA
1998 Naked Truth, Ink People Center for The Arts, Eureka, California USA
1997 Skuja For Sale $9.50, M6 Gallery, Riga LATVIA
1997 Hares and Eggs!, A/S Unibanka, Riga LATVIA
1996 Recycled Dreams, Foyer Gallery, HSU, Arcata, California USA
1996 Love Triangle, Latvian Art Union Gallery, Riga LATVIA
1995 Easter Day, Riga’s Gallery, Riga LATVIA
1993 Inguna Skuja’s Porcelain, Jana Seta Gallery, RigaLATVIA
1993 Woman’s Knee, Jana Seta Gallery, Riga LATVIA

Group Exhibitions

2015 Lost and Found, The Art Museum RIGA BOURSE, Riga LATVIA
2015 Sexy – A Ceramics Expose, Group Show, 19 Karen, Gold Coast, Queensland AUSTRALIA
2013 Peter Martinson and Contemporary Ceramics Latvia , Art and History Museum, Vitebsk BELARUS
2013 Small Forms Biennale, Riga’s Porcelain Museum, Old Riga LATVIA
2013 Underwater War, Talsi Museum, Talsi LATVIA
2013 Daugava, Art and History Museum, Kalna Ziedi, Aizkraukle LATVIA
2013 Berlin Art Week, Bastejs Galerija, Berlin GERMANY
2013 Landescape Afterwards, Daugavils Clay Art Center, Daugavpils LATVIA
2013 Landescape Foreward , Mark Rothko Museum and Art Center, Daugavpils LATVIA
2013 FEMAIL PROJECT, Curated by Emma Leppington, ARTicle Gallery, Birmingham UK
2013 Downlands College 3rd Annual Invitational, Downlands College, Toowoomba, Queensland AUSTRALIA
2013 Garden of Destiny Charity Auction , Large Guild House, Riga LATVIA
2013 Plates and Totems Invitational, Curated by Tony Natsoulas, Blue Line Arts, Roseville, Californis USA
2013 Latvian National Art Museum Recent Aquisitions Exhibition, Latvian National Art Museum,Riga LATVIA
2013 Rudens 2012/2013 , Latvian Artist Union, Riga LATVIA
2013 Aizkraukles 45 year Jubilee , Aizkraukles Museum of Art and History, Aizkraukle LATVIA
2012 Ceramic Annual of America (International) , Festival Hall, Fort Mason, San Francisco, California USA
2012 Truth, Myth and Bullshit , with Yvonne Gerner, Danish Cultural Institute, Riga LATVIA
2012 Zvaigznes , Riga Porcelain Museum, Riga LATVIA
2011 Rudens , Curated by Inga Steimane, Rigas Telpa, Riga LATVIA
2011 Re-Novacija , Juried Exhibition, Latvia’s Museum of Decorative and Design Arts, Riga LATVIA
2011 Rojal Art and Film Festival, Roja’s Culture Center, Roja LATVIA
2011 Seviete T-Elpa , Curated by Inese Baranovska, Riga LATVIA
2011 Beyond Black and White, Russian National Library ST PETERSBURG
2010 Small Scale Porcelain Triennale, Riga’s Porcelain Museum, Riga LATVIA
2010 Sitka Center Annual Art Invitational, World Forestry Center, Portland, Oregon USA
2010 Makslas Optimizacija, Museum of Applied and Decorative Art, Riga LATVIA
2010 My Erotic Valentine, Beet Gallery, Portland, Oregon USA
2009 IV International Ceramic Tile Triennial, Museum of Contemporary Ceramics, Santo Domingo, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
2009 Sitka Center Annual Art Invitational, World Forestry Center, Portland, Oregon USA
2009 Little Crimes, Latvian Art Academy, Riga LATVIA
2009 Art On the Vine, OCAC Art Auction, Convention Center, Portland, Oregon USA
2009 Intime, Museum of Applied and Decorative Art, Riga LATVIA
2008 Sitka Center Annual Art Invitational, World Forestry Center, Portland, Oregon USA
2008 Human Impulse. Sandy & Diane Bessor Collection, ASU Museum. Tempe Arizona USA
2008 17th Annual National Ceramic Competition, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, Texas USA
2007 World Women on the Horizon, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, Maryland USA
2007 Handmade for the Holidays, Contemporary Craft Museum. Portland, Oregon USA
2007 5th Cheongju International Craft Biennal, Cheongju-do City SOUTH KOREA
2006 By the Hand: A National Juried Exhibition, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, California USA
2006 Feats of Clay, Gladding McBean Factory, Lincoln, California USA (Tile Heritage Foundation Award)
2006 16th National Ceramic Competition, San Angelo Museum, San Angelo, Texas USA
2006 Thirty Sculptors, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, California USA
2006 Ink and Clay ’32, Kellogg University Art Gallery, Cal Poly, Pomona, California USA
2005 SOFA Chicago, Represented by John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, California USA
2006 Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Cheongju-city REPUBLIC OF KOREA
2006 30 Sculptors, CCACA John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, California USA
2006 Ink and Clay ’31, Kellogg University Art Gallery, Cal Poly, Pomona, California USA
2004 SOFA Chicago, Represented by John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, California USA
2004 Thirty Sculptors, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, California USA
2004 Excellence In Ceramics, Exploding Head Gallery, Sacramento, California USA
2004 Gigantic Figurines, (Juried National) Kirkland Art Center, Kirkland, Washington State USA
2003 Cuillere Ceramique, Prix De La Ville De Carouge, Carouge Museum, Geneva SWITZERLAND
2003 East Meets West, Historic Fong Mansion, Sacramento, California USA
2003 Competition of the Fork, Fork It Magazine, Uptown Studios. Sacto, California USA (Best of Show)
2003 Cheongju International Craft Biennale,” Cheongju Arts Center, Cheongju-do KOREA
2003 Erotic or Not, Uptown Studios Gallery, Sacramento, Californis USA
2003 Contemporary Latvian Ceramics, Kurasaaree Castle Museum, Saareema ESTONIA
2003 Tits and Ass, Uptown Studios Gallery, Sacramento, California USA
2002 Vessels, (Invitational) Mirror Pond Gallery, Bend, Oregon USA
2002 Flowing Vessels, (National – Best of Show) Gardo’s Gallery, Bridgeport, Pennsylvania USA
2002 Fragile Handle With Care, (Invitational) Solomon Dubnick Gallery, Sacto, California USA
2002 Birds of Clay, (National Competition) Frog Hollow, Middlebury, Vermont USA
2002 Ink and Clay ’29, (President’s Purchase Award) Kelloggs Univ. Art Gallery, Pomona, California USA
2001 Antins, Arsenals Museum, Riga LATVIA
2001 Art In The Air, airBaltic Corporate Collection, Applied Art Museum, Riga LATVIA
2001 The 1st World Ceramic Biennale 2001,” Ichon KOREA
2001 Nordic Baltic Fabula Exhibition, The Art Center, Silkborg DENMARK
2001 Bryggens Museum, Bergen, Norway. Applied Arts Museum, Tallinn estonia
1999 1st International Erotica Exhibition, Kipsala Hall, Riga LATVIA
1999 1st International Floristica Exhibition, Dailes Theatre, Riga LATVIA
1999 15 Artists from Latvia, Gallery J&B. Copenhagen DENMARK
1999 Latvian Academy of Art Exhibition, MS Gallery, Riga LATVIA
1998 Advancing Sculpture, (13 artists) Reese-Bullen Gallery, Arcata, California USA
1998 Art Of Contemporary Latvia, Maison du Danemark, Champs-Elysees, Paris FRANCE
1998 The 2nd World Latvian Artists Exhibition, Riga LATVIA
1998 Ritums Ivanovs and Inguna Skuja, Cesis Museum, Cesis LATVIA
1997 Maksla Mode Muzika, (selected artists) Latvian Art Union Gallery, Riga LATVIA
1997 The World’s 5th Triennale in Plastics, Zagreb CROATIA
1997 Art of Contemporary Latvia, Grande Salle de l’Aubette, Strasbourg FRANCE
1997 Local Filmmaker’s Night – Better Off Dead Than Little Red, Van Duzer Theater, Arcata, California USA
1997 1st Annual Women Make Art, Ink People Center for the Arts, Eureka, California USA
1997 Amazing 8 Artists, Center Gallery, Riga LATVIA
1996 European Women, Gallery Shambala, Copenhagen DENMARK
1996 ArtGenda, International Art Project, European Cultural City, Copenhagen DENMARK
1996 Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California USA
1996 Maris D. Benson Presents Advanced Sculptors, R. Bullen Gallery, Arcata, California USA
1995 Baltic States Ceramic Triennale, Vilnus, LITHUANIA
1995 Herbstmesse, International Messe of Frankfurt, Frankfurt GERMANY
1995 Artist In Residence, (Inguna Skuja Invited Artist) Kechkemet HUNGARY
1995 Drawings from Nature, Natural History Museum, Arcata, Californis USA
1994 100th Anniversary of Art from the Baltic, Malmo SWEDEN
1994 International Exhibition of Practical Art, Blue Hall, Tallin ESTONIA

Collections

airBaltic Corporate Collection, Riga Airport LATVIA
Aizkraukles History and Art Museum, Aizkraukle LATVIA
Alpha Ceramics Collection, Sacramento, CALIFORNIA USA
Ambassador of the Royal Danish Embassy-Michael Moerch
A/S Diena Corporate Collection
Sandy and Diane Bessor Collection, ASU Museum, Tempe, Arizona USA
Bornholm International Ceramic Center, Bornholm DENMARK
Frank and Jane Boyden Collection, Otis, ORLANDO USA
Dalai Lama
Danish Cultural Institute in Latvia-Director Rikke Helms
European President’s Collection 1997: (Icelands Prime Minister – David Odsen, Prime Minister of Norway – Kjell Magne Bondevicks, Head of the Polish Minister of Cabinets – Yersik Karol Buzek, Russian Chief Government-Viktor Chernomirden, Chancellor of Germany – Helmut Kohl, Latvian President of Ministers – Guntars Krasts, Prime Minister of Sweden – Pavo Tapia Liponin, Prime Minister of Denmark – Paul Neerup Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Estonia -Maart Seemans, Prime Minister of Lithuania – Gedeminis Vagnors. Prime Minister of Sweden – Jurans Parsons, European Commission President – Jack Sanders, and Vice-Prime Minister of England-Jack Prescott.
Daugavpils Mark Rontho Art Center Museum
Daugavpils Clay Art Center
Robert and Martha Gamblin Collection
John and Celia Greven Collection
International Baltic Ballet Festival 1994-1999
Kechkemet International Ceramic Center, Kechkemet HUNGARY
Latvian Art Academy Collection, Riga LATVIA
Latvian Art Union Collection, Riga LATVIA
Museum of Applied and Decorative Arts, Riga LATVIA
Museum of Contemporary Ceramics, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Riga’s Porcelain Museum, Riga LATVIA
Montgomery Cobb Collection
Patrick and Jane Hooper Collection, Portland, OREGON USA
Portland, Buddhist Priory, Portland, OREGON USA
Shasta Abbey:The Order of Buddhist Contemplatives, Shasta, CALIFORNIA USA
Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Otis OREGON USA
Tibetan Prime Minster, Lobsang Sangay
Throssel Hole Zen Buddhist Abbey, Carrshield, UK
Vandermay Law Firm, Salem, OREGON USA
Vellutini Collection, Eureka, CALIFORNIA USA
White Memorial Medical Center. East Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA USA
World Ceramic Center, Ichon, KOREA

Publications

2008 Held, Peter. A Human Impulse: Figuration from the Diane and Sandy Besser Collection. Arizona State University Museum Press.
2008 Tourtillot, Suzanne J.E., 500 Plates, Platters, and Chargers. Lark Book Sterling Publishing New York
2007 Blount, Akira., 500 Handmade Dolls. Lark Books. Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. New York
2007 Tourtillot, Suzanne J.E., 500 Tiles. Lark Books. Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. New York
2006 Tourtillot, Suzanne J.E., 500 Ceramic Animals. Lark Books. Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. New York
2006 Natsoulas, John. 30 Ceramic Sculptors 2006. pg 61. John Natsoulas Press. Davis CA
2005 Natsoulas, John. 30 Ceramic Sculptors 2005. John Natsoulas Press. Davis CA
2004 Pozo, Angelica. Making and Installing Handmade Tiles, Lark Books. Sterling PublishingCo., New York
2003 Lim, Rebekka. 500 Cups. Lark Books. Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. New York
2003 Tourtillot, Suzanne J.E.,500 Bowls. Lark Books. Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. New York
2002 Setlere, Maija. 100 Latvian Ceramicists. Pub. SIA Nacionalais apgads, Riga, Latvia
2001 Kim, Jong-Min, The First World Ceramic Biennale 2001 Korea, WOCEK. August 10
2001 Baronovska, Inesa. Maksla Lidot/ Art in the Air. Printed by Puse Plus, Riga, Latvia
2000 Vanaga, Anita. Encyclopedia of Latvia and Latvian Artists R-V, Preses Nams. Latvia
1997 Baranovska, Inesa and Rogule, Astrida. Art Letton. Printed Jana Seta. Riga, Latvia
1993-2003 Lane, Peter. Contemporary Studio Porcelain, 2nd Edition. A&C Black, LondonSelected Articles and Reviews2010 Buceniece, Sanita. Fast Forward Seven Years, Makslas Plus Magazine. Feb/Mar
2009 Foulk, Mary. “Lesbians from Latvia” Curve Magazine. April
2008 Hiatt, Melissa. “Regarding Love and Marriage.” The Davis Enterprise. Oct. 22
2007 Sabatier, Julie. Making Babies. Just Out Magazine. Portland, Oregon. April
2007 Sabatier Julie. Fitting the Bill, St. Johns Sentinal. Portland, Oregon. June
2006 Reber, Leona. Feats of Clay XIX Ceramic Monthly (pp.22-24) June/July
2006 Reber, Leona. Feats Of Clay Reunites Family. Lincoln News Messenger.April 6
2006 Reber, Leona. Fantastic Feats & Family Connections: A Feats of Clay XIX Award-winner Related to Lincolns Founding Family.
2006 Alcala, Carlos. Artist who won heritage award plans to meet her roots. Sacramento Bee 3/26
2006 Perspectives:Arts News Magazine of Placer County. (pp.18-20) May/June
2004 Hackett, Gina. Some of these “Gigantic” figurines…make a big impression. Seattle Post, 3/8
2004 Kangas, Mathew. A very big show for all who appreciate ceramics in all its guises. Seattle Times, 3/26
2004 Dalkey, Victoria. Critic’s Pick “Swamp Witch.” Sacramento Bee, April 18
2001 Gailitis, Viestarts. Unbearable Porcelain Heaviness. Diena. August 22
2001 Greenbergs, Andris. 1+1=1 (Skuja Braden Interview.) Slavenibu Dzive, Sept. 22
2001 Grinvalde, Agita. Honeybee from America. Interview Staburags, July 21
2001 Jasper, David. Ceramic Artists Bridge an Ocean. The Bulletin, Bend, Oregon. Jan.11
2001 Carrassco, Andrea. Stories Stunnignly Inscribed in Clay. The Baltic Times. Aug. 23
2001 Kusmane, Agnese. Naked Porcelain Comedy. Neatkariga, Aug. 16
2001 Shavrej, Andrej. Our Treasure are Packed for America. Chas Daily. Dec. 5
2001 Winding, Af Stig. Fantastic World of Ceramics. Midtjyllands Avis. April 9
1999 Ciemite, Kristine. Cat Chorus In Art Gallery. Jauna Avize, May 6
1999 Drazdovska, Ingrida. Cat and Kitty Passion in Gallery Ciris. Diena Bizness. May 6
1999 Lipska, Arija. These Dangerous Stormbirds- Skuja Braden interview. Ieva Magazine pp.40-43, Vov.24
1998 Baranovska, Inesa. Latvian Art Strasbourg. Studija Magazine. 2
1998 Cebere, Gundega. Inguna Skuja. Maksla Plus Magazine. January
1998 Maynard, Libby. ‘Internal Landscapes’ Exposed. Eurek a Times-Standard. April 25
1997 Buceniece, Sanita. See-Porcelain, Think Inguna Skuja. Interview Maksla Plus Magazine. Feb
1997 Deinats, Janis. Klub Model: Cover and Article. Klub Magazine. November
1996 Kaufmanis, A.. Inguna Skuja Walking Where She Likes. Diena, February 7
1996 Vanaga, Anita. Fire and Water: Skuja Interview, pp 34-36. Aija Magazine, June
1995 Stavro, Aivers. Inguna’s Adventures in California. Musmajas Viesis Magazine. Dec
1992 Bergmanis, Andris. Is She On Drugs? Interview. Aputa Atmodai, JunePublic Art Projects-White Memorial Medical Center- Adapted Jose Ramirez’s paintings into 5000 hand made porcelain tiles for four walls totaling 1140 square feet of murals, East Los Angeles, CA 2004-05
-Throssel Hole Buddhist Monastery, collaborated with monks and Abbot on design, then made a set of altar garniture for the main altar in the main meditation hall of the monastery. Throssel Hole Zen Buddhist Monastery, Carrshield, UK
-Aizkraukle’s 45 year jubilee, commission from the City of Aizkraukle to make 15 works in porcelain referencing the city and its surrounds.

Residencies

Sitka Center for Art and Ecology
The International Ceramic Studio. Keschkemet , Hungary
International Ceramic Center. Bornholm, Denmark
Latvian Artist Union Residency. Jurmala, Latvia

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