Dallas, June 2017
Kirk Hopper Fine Art (3008 Commerce Street) is pleased to present a three-person exhibit featuring artists Daniela Cavazos Madrigal (San Antonio), Analise Minjarez (Denton), and Sarita Westrup (Dallas). The show opens on July 15 and runs through August 12, with a closing reception from 6.00 – 8.00 p.m., Saturday, August 12.
Using unconventional materials such as cement, wire, and discarded textiles, artists Daniela Cavazos Madrigal, Analise Minajrez, and Sarita Westrup tackle issues of migration, cultural identity, and the fracturing of our communal fabric. All three artists grew up in border towns of Texas and each explores the truths of the migrant trajectory.
Daniela Cavazos Madrigal sources discarded clothing from warehouses in her native Laredo (which sells mounds of clothing by the pound) and embroiders lyrics from popular corridos, Mexican narrative themed ballads about oppression and daily life. Madrigal doesn’t view these items as just clothing but as deeply personal artifacts that are symbolic of identity and shelter, and as stand-ins for the human body. Daniela states, “My body of work is built around the illusive notion of the American Dream." The understanding that inequity is systematic and difference is often met with hostility is the driving force behind the conception her work.
Analise Minjarez incorporates found objects, textiles, and native crops to evoke a minimalistic aesthetic that echos the beauty and fragility of life on desolate borderlands. Most recently, Minijarez has been exploring the ideas of nets as both a textile binding technique and as a symbol for the sky and stars shared between two countries. Analise states, “I engage in the repetition of net making to contemplate both the tension necessary to create the knots of a net and the social strain between people living on separated land. In addition, the net, although commonly perceived as a barrier, provides portholes of cultural and social understanding.”
In addition to using natural found material, Sarita Westrup experiments with man-made materials such as plastics, cement, and wire, materials that can all be found peppered throughout the border landscape. Westrup casts plastic water bottles and jugs out of cement, evoking sentimental offerings to those who have made the journey across the border. Westrup’s materials reference Mexican American identity and border trafficking, and question stability along the border region.
Daniela Cavazos Madrigal was born in 1991 in Laredo. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2017 and her Bachelor of Arts from Texas A&M International University in 2013. Currently, Cavazos Madrigal is a self-employed artist living in San Antonio. Her work reflects her interest in socio-cultural issues along the U.S./Mexico border from the perspective of a woman and mother. Her work employs processes such as embroidery, sewing, and weaving to honor the lineage of “Women’s Work” as seen in art history, as well as to blur the line between high and low art. As a bilingual, Cavazos Madrigal is interested in how language fails and explores the facets of translation. Cavazos Madrigal comes from a long line of makers and crafters, and through her work, she continues to reinterpret the relationship between discarded materials and language.
Analise Minjarez is a fibers artist and educator from El Paso. 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 Artists in 2013.
Sarita Westrup is an emerging artist and arts educator from the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. She received her MFA at the University of North Texas and teaches textile and sculpture workshops throughout the south of the United States. Sarita has exhibited hers works at form & concept gallery, Box 13 Artspace, and the Oak Cliff Cultural Center. She currently lives and works in Dallas, Texas.
"Bienvenidos:Portal Portraits" Reception
Sunday, May 21, 2pm-5pm
Location: Brick Haus, 215 S Woodrow Ln, Denton, TX 76205
YOU are invited to to interact with "Bienvenidos:Portal Portraits" by naturally dyeing ceremonial flags with indigo. The ceremonial flags will hang on multiple dry lines that run through "Bienvenidos: Portal Portraits" and collectively will serve to act as a ritualistic celebration of movement and immigration.
Our featured outdoor installation at the Brick Haus, "Bienvenidos: Portal Portraits" explores ideas of immigration, personal landscape and domesticidad along the frontera of Texas and Mexico. With the use of hand netted tunnel forms and natural dyed cloth, Tierra Firme suggests movement from a space of dried land to a place of plentiful botanical liquid.
Last month, Tierra Firme was very happy to accept the Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough Travel Grant from the Dallas Museum of Art ! The grant is helping us fund a Land Art Tour of the Southwest and a week in Big Bend National Park. As we travel we will research enviornmental artworks and create our own interpretation of Land Art along the border of Texas and Mexico.
Thanks to our family that came to the presentation and thanks for all the support from our friends. Love y'all mucho! Salud to the border region!