Marela Zacarias, "Hope/Esperanza", 2011
Window screen, joint compound and acrylic paint.
“This brings three-dimensional sculpture to life, creating a sculptural painting out of a window screen, joint compound and acrylic paint. The vibrant colors reference textiles, conceptualizing the idea of the ‘textile,’ which represents the ‘underdog’ as Zacarias explains, inspired by the relationship between Oaxacan indigenous textiles and abstract painting. ‘Hope/Esperanza’ plays with the tense relationship between the handmade craft and the art object. Juarez is a subject near and dear to Zacarias, who is from Mexico City and has family living in Juarez and she will travel to there this December to begin an art project to be completed in 2012.”—Huntington