TIERRA FIRME is the project-based collaboration
of Analise Minjarez & Sarita Westrup.
These daughters of the border region also pursue individual artist practices grounded in Fibers + Sculpture.
TIERRA FIRME speaks to their identity as women born and raised on the border of Texas & Mexico. Their project-based installation explores issues of duality, authenticity, cultural geography, and migration. Through creating artworks that respond to the physical landscape of the region, Tierra Firme reflects on the bicultural aesthetics of their border home. Together they provide two perspectives from either end of the Texas-Mexico border region (Minjarez from El Paso and Westrup from McAllen), emphasizing the idea of collective cultural identity.
Amongst other projects, Tierra Firme is currently working on a large scale sculpture for their solo exhibition titled “Orbital Migration” at Mountain View College opening November 2017; an installation for their solo exhibition at the Latino Cultural Center opening January 2018; organizing an exhibition and public programing for “JUNTX” A Border Arts Symposium at the Latino Cultural Center for March 2018.
Analise and Sarita also teach natural dye, basketry, and knotting workshops throughout the south serving to demonstrate the conceptual strength of textile materials and processes for creating contemporary art.
Recently, Tierra Firme was awarded the 2017 Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough Fund Award from the Dallas Museum of Art. Tierra Firme has exhibited works at Brick Haus Studios in Denton, TX, Box 13 Artspace in Houston,TX, Pegasus Plaza, Oak Cliff Cultural Center, Latino Cultural Center, and Kirk Hopper Gallery in Dallas, TX. They currently live and work in Denton and Dallas, TX.
WHO WE ARE
Sarita is a fiber artist and art educator from the Rio Grande Valley. She now lives and works in North Texas and is motivated to make work about her homeland. This comes from a desire to connect with the border as well as her desire to see her bi-cultural experience represented in the art world. She received her MFA in Fibers from the University of North Texas. Her sculptural work explores ideas of nourishment and frontera healing practices through the use of found objects and weaving techniques.
Analise Minjarez is a fibers artist and educator from El Paso, TX. Minjarez creates sculptures and installations sculptures using natural dyes, hog gut, found objects and plastics to highlight the contextual differences between materials. Her art investigates Mexican-American identity and the metaphysical awareness created by the landscape of the Texas-Mexico borderland. Minjarez received her BFA in Fibers from the University of North Texas.