Drugs, immigration and gangs – that’s all we seem to hear about from the Texas-Mexico border. A couple of north Texas artists are hoping to change that though. We looked into how these two young women plan to use indigenous art to change perspectives.
Naturally dyed cloth, woven nets, cactus skeletons, and hog guts. Those are just a few of materials that fiber artists Sarita Westrup and Analise Minjarez work with. They create stone-simple, hand-woven sculptures and installations inspired by that region.
“We are very interested in minimalism,” says Westrup. “And we think a lot about ideas of landscape, identity and bi-cultural aesthetics on the border.”
Westrup, who is 27 years old , lives in Oak Cliff. She and Minjarez have been creative partners for three years. They create work that pushes against expectations of art from the borderland. She says they don’t want to be told what is or isn’t Chicana art.
“We work to provide something that you didn’t notice about that area. We’re trying to show this nuance, this layered idea of what a Mexican-American region can be like,” she says.
Together Westrup and Minjarez work under the moniker Tierra Firme, which translates as ‘solid ground.’