Tierra Firme is an experiential research project that investigates the place and identity of artwork along the Texas-Mexico border. Artists Sarita Westrup and Analise Minjarez promote cultural and social understanding by interviewing artists, teaching workshops, and creating original artworks in the border region.
WHO WE ARE
Sarita is a fiber artist and art educator from the Borderlands of Texas and Mexico. She was born in Edinburgh ,Texas and raised in McAllen. 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 has a BFA in Studio Arts with a concentration in Fibers and is currently an MFA candidate at the University of North Texas. Her sculptural work explores identify in relationship to place 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 and was awarded Innovative Use of Materials by the Dallas Area Fibers Artist in 2013.