Mano-Made: New Expression in Craft by Consuelo Jimenez Underwood Opening Reception
Saturday, December 2, 2017, 4-6pm
Join weaver and fiber artist Consuelo Jimenez Underwood for a discussion about her recent work and series of site-specific installations that address the political and ecological implications of the U.S./Mexico border. Stay afterwards for the opening reception and a chance to personally meet and talk with the artist.
Consuelo Jimenez Underwood is most well known for her pioneering conceptual work in fiber representing her own familial history as migrant agricultural workers. For several decades, she has explored themes of hybrid culture as well as the arbitrary lines that divide and define homelands. Underwood’s artistic expression is deeply tied to traditional Huichol weaving, a heritage she incorporates into her large mixed media wall installations. Borders and barriers are the vocabulary she uses to describe the marginalized lives of migrant workers and indigenous people.
Underwood taught at San Jose State University. She received her B.A . and M.A. from San Diego State University and M.F.A. from San Jose State University. Her work is included in the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Oakland Museum of Art.
Jimenez Underwood’s “Borderline” installation at the Craft in America Center for Mano-Made: New Expression in Craft by Latino Artists is supported in part by the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, the Ford Foundation, Southwest Airlines, and the Surdna Foundation through a grant from the NALAC Fund for the Arts.