Red Organism, 2002<img alt="" src="/sites/GovernorsMansion/Exhibitions/PublishingImages/Art-of-Illinois/Chavira-Red-Organism.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Red Organism, 2002<div class="ExternalClass4341640E9ECF48E98EBB334582DE6A07"><p>​Javier Chavira's Red Organism evokes a seedpod and seeds or a mother and her babies. Its largest component appears as a series of nested vessels into which the two smaller companion pieces can be inserted or arranged nearby, according to the viewer's preference. With its open forms, flowing shapes, and red-earth coloration, the work explores the relationship between the organic and the abstract, between surface and interior, and between the brittle fragility of terra-cotta walls and the yielding softness of curves. According to the artist, line, whether in a drawing or a sculpture, must have "grace as if to mirror nature, like the graceful ridges of a sand dune or the contour of a kidney bean."1</p><div><p>Chavira created Red Organism as an MFA student in a ceramics course at Northern Illinois University; at the time, he was undecided whether to pursue a career in ceramics or in painting. The sculpture itself grew organically. Fascinated with the process of artistic creation, Chavira favored the slow, labor-intensive technique of coil building over wheel throwing when working with clay. He was inspired by the practice of Native American potters of the Southwest to finish the larger piece by burnishing the surface with stones. Crossing the boundaries of mediums, he painted the smaller components.</p><p>Born in Mexico, Chavira grew up in Joliet, Illinois. He started his career painting murals there while still an undergraduate at Governors State University, where since 2003 he has been a professor of painting and drawing. Now primarily a painter, Chavira creates meticulously crafted works that combine abstraction and realism and that reflect a continuing focus on artistic process.<br></p></div></div>GP0|#1140225d-b15f-4c9e-a694-11ddd63ee09d;L0|#01140225d-b15f-4c9e-a694-11ddd63ee09d|Javier Chavira;GTSet|#6a9f5109-021d-478a-ae73-864102492159;GPP|#9d68cbd3-25f3-49f0-8924-6cbe6cdb2f21;GPP|#be65f490-4890-487c-bb16-c396d99511f7Art;#TemporaryPainting;#Painting Acrylic;#Painting Terra-cotta;#Joliet, IllinoisTerra-cotta and acrylic paint, 16 × 8 × 7 inches