My partnership with OMCA has turned into a full-fleged archive-based installation in celebration of the Museum’s twenty year anniversary of their biggest annual community event and exhibition: Dias de los Muertos. I’ve made an archive-based installation, with interviews, sculptural images, and even a personal ‘offrenda’ dedicated to my recently deceased father. The exhibition’s opening is October 10th.
Viviana Paredes invited us into the hot shop with her so that we could follow her through the process of creating a glass didgeridoo. During her residency, the artist has been exploring the theme of the maguey plant, whose many parts have historically been used for making papyrus for codices, medicine, hammocks, food, and, most famously, tequila. Its central stalk was cut and formed into a horn or didgeridoo. Paredes has translated the many facets of the maguey into exquisite sculptural works, on view at the de Young museum through November 2.