BASKETRY, CEMENT, BOTANICAL DYES, SCULPTURE, INSTALLATION
MATERIAL AS MEANING / FRONTERIZA
Sarita Westrup is a fiber artist, sculptor, 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 southwest. Most notabily, Sarita taught at the Penland School of Crafts in the summer of 2017. Sarita has exhibited hers works at , form & concept, Box 13 Artspace, and Kirk Hopper Gallery. She currently lives and works in Dallas,Texas.
Healing practices and devotional iconography are a prominent part of Sarita's home on the Texas Mexico Border and are an inspiration to her bicultural aesthetics. As a visual artist working in fibers, she employs the use of mixed media, woven techniques, and natural dyes intuitively. Woven elements respond to seemly ordinary materials to convey the act of holding and connecting either side of the border to one another. Materials are chosen for their cultural relevance and their ability to transport the viewer to the landscape of la frontera. Eggs are used to represent acts of cleansing, water bottles as a source of nourishment while crossing the desert, and prints of natural materials evoke the apparition of the Our Virgin of Guadalupe.