On October 30th, "Oaxacan Magic"- art exhibit will open its doors at the Art Gallery “Cuatrosiete” in Oaxaca. This exhibition includes a body of work that is very unique in terms of textures, forms and formats. The paintings will showcase the magic of Oaxaca through its arts, colours and traditions. I am very excited to have finally reached this milestone! The project has been developing for over 2 ½ years. I am proud and feel a high sense of achievement because this exhibition represents (to me) great adventures, deep connections and friendships, never ending inspiration and a massive self-growth.
Oaxacan Magic, a piece created to honour Oaxaca, its culture, people, food and arts. This piece embodies my work, the work of Gaby Vilchiz and her group of embroiders, clay work by Josefina Aguilar and Alebrije's painting technique in the background.
It all started with a meeting at a coffee shop, in 2017. On my first trip to Oaxaca I met Gaby Vilchiz, a local designer who after a FB message decided to meet with me. I shared with her my vision of incorporating her embroidery work with my paintings. Since that meeting two years ago, we have created a body of work of over 30 pieces, each one depicting the magic of this beautiful place.
Together after our first meeting over 2 years ago.
During these past 2 years, I traveled a few times to the city. Each trip was for 5 to 10 days because I had commitments in town. The decision of spending a long period in Oaxaca (2 months), which I previously blogged about it, was the right decision because it allowed me to have an experience like never before. Even thought I fell in love with that place right away, I couldn’t fully experience it. While being there for longer time, my work developed to different directions. I even changed the initial name of the project from "All women dream" to “Oaxacan Magic”, which were the exact two words I needed to describe the project and what I was feeling. The magic of this place opened up a creative “me” that I love and respect. While spending time in Oaxaca, my partner in this project, Gaby Vilchiz and I, connected and developed a new relationship. We spent lots of time talking, eating Mexican food, getting to know each other and working hands-on together in new pieces. I got familiarized with her creative world, materials, techniques and possibilities. She taught me a lot about different types of embroidery and introduced me to the women who specialised in them.
Summer 2019, Gaby and I working on a new collection in collaboration with Josefina Aguilar.
Meeting Mode, a local embroider who specialises in "Tuxtepec" technique.
My sketches developed drastically from the beginning of my trip to the end. The first sketches looked static and reflected everything I have done before. As I filled up the pages, my sketches got more movement, playfulness and a new way of thought raised. I suddenly fell the need to include new art forms on my paintings. Gaby and I were incorporating the embroidery work into my pieces, but I shared with her the idea of exploring with clay, wood and other local crafts. I felt the "Oaxacan magic" needed to be showcased fully This decision opened us the possibility of working with other local artisans and creating artworks that are original and special. We searched for the right artisans and visited their workshops, talked to their family members and discussed the possibilities in terms of collaborating together. I learned a lot about their lifestyle and their crafts.
This video (in Spanish) showcases "Oaxacan Magic" and the collaboration with other artisans of the region.
The more I meet artisans, the more ideas I get for new pieces! The possibilities are endless! I am sharing three of our recent collaborations (below):
A collection of 10 unique pieces in collaboration with Josefina Aguilar- Clay Frida dolls
A collection of 10 unique pieces in collaboration with Victor Fabian- Wooden Alebrijes
A collection of 10 unique pieces in collaboration with Carlomagno- Black clay dolls
The exhibition opens on Wednesday, October 30th at 7:00pm in celebration of the Day of the Death long weekend in Oaxaca, Mexico. Part of the profits go to support the construction of a new classroom in the region.
Everybody is welcome to attend!
"The stories you believe to be true are the ones your life will become" with love, Jazmin