P A V I A J U S T I N I A N
Pavia Justinian is a Colorado mixed media sculptor with work featured in public art programs throughout the state and held in private collections across the Southwest. Pavia is an acclaimed artist in the Grand Valley, having been featured in radio and print publications, commissioned work for the City of Grand Junction, and participated in numerous local exhibitions. She apprenticed with local sculptor Dave Davis, founder of the Grand Junction Art on the Corner, and has had the rare opportunity to develop under his tutelage. This connection is perhaps most evident in Pavia's use of unusual and novel media - including salvaged chrome, rusted old parts, and cement. Pavia builds colorful sculptures with painted concrete, scrap metal, mosaic glass and found objects. She weaves different materials together seamlessly with distinctive techniques and masterful craftsmanship. Her process involves a bit of everything - metalwork, additive sculpture, mosaic, and painting. Pavia cherishes Colorado’s natural beauty and is inspired every day by the vivid mountain sunsets and the rich desert reds near her home. She believes in the capacity of art to positively impact the community and strives to expand the presence of artists throughout the Western Slope.
A R T I S T S T A T E M E N T
Creation is my deepest compulsion. I luxuriate in the vibrant, uneven flow of paint over a textured surface, in smoothing epoxy over steel with a slow caress, and in the steady crackling of molten welding rod forging the bond of steel to steel. I love creating beauty from unlikely combinations. I build colorful figurative sculptures with painted epoxy or cement, scrap metal, mosaic glass and found objects. I love sifting through the bins and buckets of items I have collected in my travels, arranging fragments of steel, glass, and wood until the piece clicks. The deep curve of an old shovel, the burnt orange patina of a rusted scrap from another age - I delight in these details. I see objects as shapes and lines that want to fit together - and I weave them seamlessly into female figures, using concrete, epoxy, and steel to fill in the blanks.