While visiting Philadelphia earlier this month I met an artist whose work is being shown at Isaiah Zagar’s Magic Garden on South Street. Her work is all hand embroidered on discarded clothing scraps using almost exclusively red thread. She is Italian but has lived in Oaxaca for many years.
Last year she visited Philadelphia to do sketches of her impressions of the city then went home and created these images. Obviously she was impressed/depressed by the number of homeless people on the streets, as was I. Each piece is tacked in front of a clear plexiglass sheet which is then tacked to the wall. Her work is powerful and absolutely stunning.
La Casa de los Venados is a private home with an amazing collection of contemporary Mexican folk art. It is located in downtown Valladolid and is open to the public for free tours every morning at 10:00. It’s difficult to convey the beauty of this creation. On every table space ar displayed very tastefully pieces from their collection. The walls are filled, on the floor stand larger pieces, there are creations hanging from the ceilings. In short it is wonderful and I try to visit every time I pass through Valldolid as there is always something new to see.
Art of sticks, gourds, paper, clay, and wood painted with bright colors to delight.
Yesterday walking the galleries in El Centro, Puerto Vallarta I came across these sculptures by Oaxacan artist, Agustin Cruz Tinoco. Absolutely delightful and beautifully executed. He and his sons carve the pieces, his wife and daughters paint the surfaces with acrylics. It is beginning to look like Christmas!