Downtown Art Window

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I am participating in Texas Trost Society’s Urban Transformations Exhibition, which opens this Saturday (October 1, 2016), Pioneer Plaza @10:00am.

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The two works displayed here are the beginnings of a community art project entitled Desert Body. This body of work will be expanded through community workshops where participants of all ages will contribute flowers, tiles, and/or plant sculptures to be assembled and installed in various public, private, natural, and contained spaces throughout the Paso del Norte Region. The main purpose behind these workshops is to create a tangible connection between the desert, its dwellers, and culturally specific crafts, with the celebration of this region’s beauty and preservation in mind.

Using the thorn as a metaphor, these works ask the viewer to re-conceptualize their “thorns,” or struggles, in positive light, seeing them as elements that provide strength, protection, and identity, not hardship or pain.

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I Do Not Have a Thorn in My Side, a Desert Grows from There, 2016

Mixed media wall hanging with locally sourced clay, plants, and traditionally formed migajon bread flowers.

58” x 58”

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Crecimiento (Growth), 2016

Mixed Media installation with regionally sourced micaceous clay tiles/sculptures, and traditionally formed migajon bread flowers.

~10 square feet x 26”

Workshop Offerings

1 Ceramic Tile Etching 2 Migajon Bread Flowers 3 Desert Plant Sculptures

Workshop begins with a brief discussion about the symbolic meaning of the “thorn” in Desert Body. We will also discuss how to develop individualized symbolism and imagery based on personal experiences.

Participants will write poetic statement(s) or draw symbolic design(s) that document their personal “thorn” on a piece of paper. They will use scratching and carving tools to transfer this design onto the surface of a clay tile. Tiles will be used in a Desert Body installation.

Copy of symbolism handouts and writing/drawing pointers will be available.

Workshop begins with a brief introduction to the historical significance of the craft of migajon.

Participants will learn how to construct a basic poppy shaped flower out of bread clay. At least one of their handcrafted flowers will be used in a Desert Body installation.

A printout of the migajon recipe will be available for those who would like to make their own clay at home.

Workshop begins with a brief introduction to common plants native to the Chihuahuan Desert.

Participants will learn basic techniques for hand-building with clay. They will use a combination of techniques and tools to create their interpretation of a Chihuahuan Desert plant to be used in a Desert Body installation.

A printout of basic hand-building techniques will be available for those who would like to explore hand-building with clay at home.

(easy to advanced skill level) (intermediate to advanced skill level) (intermediate to advanced skill level)
Participants of all workshops will be asked to sign a participant logbook documenting their experience. They are also encouraged to take pictures, videos, etc. and share via social media.

If your business/club/organization would like to sponsor/schedule a workshop, please contact the artist:

Matthew Villarreal

915.238.9908 (text preferable)

mtmvillarreal@gmail.com

Workshops for Spanish-speaking audiences will need a translator.

 

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