American Women Sculptors: A History of Women Working in Three Dimensions
G. K. Hall Publications
By Charlotte Streifer Rubinstein
Excerpt from page 503:
“Linda Vallejo (1951—) of Los Angeles draws on her Mexican-American heritage in archetypal figures and masklike heads of handmade paper pul, natural tree branches, and palm fronds.
A lithographer who studied in Madrid and earned an M.A. From California State University at Long Beach, Vallejo made surreal prints of mythological imagery from ancient cultures and directed the Self-Help Graphics Workshop in the Los Angeles barrio for a number of years.
It was a natural step from using the handmade paper pulp in printmaking to forming it into three-dimensional sculptures. The artist uses tree branches and other natural forms whose shapes suggest images that she builds around them with a mixture of paper pulp and glue. They look like carvings of mystical woodland spirits or Mexican masks worn at festivals.”Purchase publication