Self Help Graphics and Art, Inc. Maestra Atelier
A suite of hand printed serigraphs were produced at the nationally acclaimed screen printing studios of Self Help Graphics with Master Printer Jose Alpuche. It was created by a multi-cultural blend of 10 women artists, selected by artist and curator, Yolanda Gonzalez, including Judy Baca, Barbara Carrasco, Magda De Jose, Carol Es, Emilia Garcia, Aydee Lopez, Poli Marichal, Gina Stepaniuk, and Linda Vallejo. The 10-artist suite is featured in such collections as Los Angeles County Museum of Art, UC Santa Barbara’s Special Collections, Galeria Sin Fronteras in Austin, Texas, and the Mexican Fine Arts Museum in Chicago.
Edition size: 75 – signed and numbered on archival, 100% cotton rag paper
Image size: 16 x 22 inches. Paper Size: 22 x 26 inches
Linda Vallejo lives in an area surrounded by venerable but endangered oaks, and these have become the basis for a series of “electrified” paintings: the trees appear to glow with an almost otherworldly light.
Vallejo says, “The electric oak and landscape works echo my experiences in Indigena.” For many years Vallejo has been involved in Native American and Chicana Indigena ceremonies, many of which take place in remote locales, far from so-called civilization. You’re literally in the middle of nature,” she says, “and participating in ceremony that allows you to look at the sky and landscape for hours and days on end.” Some of the magical, almost hallucinatory quality of those experiences have made their way into the “The Electrics” series. They recall the reverence and animation that artists like van Gogh and O’Keeffe brought to their paintings of the natural world.
-by Ann Landi, Contributing Editor of ARTnews and author of the four-volume Schirmer Encyclopedia of Art
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