For three weeks in early 2014, I travelled to Mexico to study printmaking with Maestro Enrique Flores, experiment with different kinds of art making, and to make new photographs that capture the color and energy (not to mention the sun!) of this beautifully diverse country. This post is part of a series from that trip.
First Stop: Mexico City
For many artists, there’s a certain amount of “priming the pump” before the creative juices start to flow. I headed to Mexico City and Coyoacan to do just that. I visited El Museo Nacional de Culturas Populares and lost myself among all the characters in Saner y Sego’s mural. I stumbled upon El Centro Cultural del Mexico Contemporaneo and studied closely different printing techniques on dozens and dozens of contemporary work. Wandering around El Museo de Frida Kahlo, I entered into a womb of intense color and artistry. Embroidered bedcovers and shawls, painted bowls and tiles, carved spoons and doors, embellished shoes and casts — every-day objects with their own distinct purpose, but also representing a reaching for beauty. For Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, perhaps this is how the pump was kept primed; the habit of bringing a bowl to one’s lips, wrapping a shawl around one’s shoulders, is already an ingesting, a donning of inspiration.
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