Monday, October 17, 2016
Beatriz Vasquez Papel Picado Artist Artist Bio
“Papel Picado is a place I visit often, where I allow my childhood memories the freedom to cut themselves onto the paper.” Beatriz Vasquez The main focus for my work is to bring appreciation and value to indigenous crafts. My work represents my personal re-awakening and admiration for my Mexican culture and traditions, with a modern twist.
Papel Picado is an ancient South American craft in which tissue paper is cut with chisels and hammers to produce multiple productions of intricate designs.
Through an extensive research and hands on training in Mexico, my obsession with paper became apparent as I explored the many patterns, textures, colors and weights. Part of my study was to identify the negative and positive spaces in my work, acquiring an understanding of the connection of the process of cutting the paper while keeping the paper intact. Most of the images I create come solely from my childhood memories and I hardly ever pre-illustrate the designs, improvising every cut where my hand drives me. Since graduating from Herron School of Art and Design in 2006, I have been privileged to practice the art of Papel Picado and exhibit my work professionally, exposing many in the Indianapolis area to this ancient Mexican folk art to which I have added a modern twist in order to relate to a broader audience.
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Beatriz Vasquez Papel Picado with a Modern Twist
For the last 20 years I have lived in a city that has become my home, but the sense of belonging was never quite there until I found it through my art. In 2007 I returned to my birthplace, Brownsville, Texas, and to Matamoros, Mexico, where most of my childhood memories were established. I desperately needed to reconnect with my identity as a first-generation Mexican American female artist. My extended visit brought me to a place in the world where indigenous people, art, traditions and crafts are honored, represented, voiced and preserved. I learned through my indigenous family the importance of continuing the legacy of a culture: this became the very basis of my work, to create art that brought representation of indigenous people to a broader audience. Through my newly-found skill of cutting paper and creating papel picado, a traditional craft although one that is typically disposable, I found solace and my artistic voice. Beatriz Vasquez received her B.F.A. from the Herron School of Art & Design, IUPUI, in 2006. She has been an Artist in Residence at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art and Indianapolis Public Schools. Vasquez is a current Creative Renewal Arts Fellow of the Arts Council of Indianapolis. She can be reached through Facebook at Beatrizdesignz.