Felicia is inspired by 'graffito,' defined as an ancient drawing or writing scratched on a wall or other surface and found throughout the ages. This type of mark making, found in traditional cultural symbols, patterns, and art from around the world is something we all have in common. She works primarily in what she refers to as 'Kiln Formed Graffiti Glass,' using tools that are often found, recycled, or handmade to make marks and manipulate glass. No glass paints or enamels are used. In this way, her process is more like sand art than painting. Finished glass works, often containing 100 layers or more, are the result of considerable time in her studio and multiple firings in her kiln.
Her work often focuses on the inner voice, a form of mark making on the soul. It worries, criticizes, complains, and at times even screams to get our attention. The repetitive messaging of our inner voice is relentless and can begin to define us over time. Like graffiti, much of who we are is buried under superficial layers we deem good enough to show others. Within the many layers of glass, Felicia is revealing the collective marks on our soul that together make up the one authentic self, flaws and all.
Felicia's work has been on display throughout the greater Sacramento and surrounding areas including at Arthouse on R (Studio 10), Puleo Gentry Gallery, Red Dot Gallery, Gallery 1075 in West Sacramento, Blue Line Gallery in Roseville, the Just For Fun Art Gallery in Natomas, and at the future home of the Natomas Garden and Arts Collective Center and Gallery. She's also been a part of various art shows for Second Friday (Davis) and Second Saturday (Downtown Sacramento and Natomas), and as part of various festivals such as the Sacramento Arts Festival (at the Sacramento Convention Center) and special events, such as the Natomas Chamber of Commerce "State of Natomas" and the Sacramento History Museum "A Sewing of Stories." Her work has also been seen as part of 'Chalk It Up' (Downtown Sacramento and Natomas). Her work has been featured in Sacramento Talent Magazine, heART Journal Magazine, The Social Publication for Natomas, and N Magazine (cover artist). She has been commissioned by private collectors and organizations worldwide.
Felicia has worked with organizations such as the Sacramento Commission on the Status of Women and Girls (event held at the Sacramento History Museum), UC Davis Extension, Red Rover (event held at the Adamson Art Gallery), The Yoga Seed Collective, PSI Makers, and more. She has been hired to facilitate art instruction for many private events, both in-person and virtually. She is the founding member of the Artists of Toastmasters, three online groups (for kiln formed glass, mixed media, and the Second Saturday in Natomas FB Group), and hosts Maker and Plein Air style events. She is the creator and volunteer organizer of Second Saturday in Natomas, and the volunteer curator of monthly shows held at the Just For Fun Art Gallery (where she keeps some work on permanent display).
Felicia collaborates with and/or donates her time
and work to benefit numerous non-profit and community-based organizations such as the Natomas Garden and Arts Collective and the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce. Her favorite collaboration to date has been an opportunity to work with a classroom full of 5th graders to create a tile mural honoring and depicting scenes from the life of Anne Frank for a wall facing their school's tolerance garden.
"...Felicia Borges is more than an artist. She is an activist and contributor to much in our community." -N Magazine