The H. Paxton Moore Fine Art Gallery seeks to showcase local, regional and national artists working in a variety of media as well as host exhibits traveling nationally. Exhibitions will enhance the education and experience of the students, faculty, staff and community at large. Lectures, workshops, and other events will accompany each exhibit to engage the public in the understanding of art.
Candace M. Briceño Blue (2010), felt, thread, and beads, 4- 1/2 x 4 x 3- 1/2 in.
"Sewing the Line"
Curated by Leslie Moody Castro
November 3 – December 5, 2014
H. Paxton Moore Fine Art Gallery
Reception: Thursday November 6th 4-6 pm
Candace M. Briceño (Austin)
Margarita Cabrera (El Paso)
Emily Donjuan (Dallas)
Rosemary Meza-DesPlas (Dallas)
Consuelo J. Underwood (San Jose CA)
The H. Paxton Moore Fine Art Gallery at El Centro College announces an exhibition guest curated by Leslie Moody Castro, an independent curator based in Mexico City and Austin. She completed her Master’s in Museum Education and Museum Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010. During her time in Austin she co-founded Co-Lab projects, curated exhibitions at Women and Their Work and Mexic-Arte Museum, and worked at the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, Lora Reynolds Gallery, and Artpace San Antonio. Her most recent independent curatorial projects have been collaborative and international in scope, linking the vibrant visual arts world between Mexico City and Texas
The five Latina artists in the exhibition, based across the American southwest and far west, each use sewing as an important technical and cultural signifier in their artwork. As Rosemary Meza-DesPlas wrote in her original text, “La Costura, Sew What?”, that formed the inspiration for this show: “The use of sewing as an artistic medium by contemporary Mexican-American women artists is a by-product of cultural influence interwoven with personal mythology. The Latina artists examined herein delve into their individual personal histories for imagery, context, and meaning.”
Based in Austin, Candace M. Briceño’s work mixes the techniques of a seamstress with the organic forms of nature, rendered in soft fabric materials and ornamentation.
Margarita Cabrera Multi-Color Vocho Beetle Sedan Quilt #3 (2004) vinyl and thread, 49 x 95 in.
El Paso artist Margarita Cabrera creates soft vinyl interpretations of everyday objects that serve as cultural referents viewed through the prism of sewing. Of her work, she says, “when you have the line of the sewing machine going; I see that as a kind of drawing”.
Emily Donjuan, of Dallas, makes idiosyncratic soft objects and tapestries. She learned to sew from her grandmother, and says this, “sewing has been a form of craft that has helped me understand the power of femininity and family.”
Dallas artist Rosemary Meza-DesPlas makes use of human hair in her work, that is sewn into the surface of the work, giving them the lyrical quality of lines that have been drawn. Her work explores the feminine body and how it is perceived culturally. She says, “the body communicates to the viewer in a provocative language; it speaks about sexism, ageism, eroticism, and maternity.”
San Jose, California artist Consuelo J. Underwood’s work is the most politically provocative of the group, creating fabric material banners and flags that riff on national identities, all while engaging the feminine aesthetic of sewing.
Members of the El Centro College fashion department are collaborating with the exhibit by writing essays about the work in the show, which will be featured prominently on wall signage throughout the exhibition. The curator will write an essay on the exhibition which will appear in a catalogue for the exhibition.
A reception and gallery talk will take place on Thursday November 6th
from 4-6 pm, and the work will be on view from November 3rd
– December 5th
For more information, please contact gallery director Randall Garrett.