Viviana Paredes, The House That Tequila Built. Photo courtesy the artist
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Mother Maguey: The Gift of Life
de Young | Kimball Education Gallery/Artist Studio
October 1–November 2, 2014
Wednesdays–Sundays, 1–5 pm, plus Friday nights until 8:45 pm
Artist Reception Friday, October 24, 6–8:30 pm: Join us in celebrating the artist’s residency with light refreshments.
An artist interested in the intersections of culture and environmental issues, Viviana Paredes is fascinated with the iconic maguey (agave), its mythology, and its many uses. Found throughout the Americas, the maguey has provided the staples of life necessary for human existence for thousands of years.
People throughout the Americas use its many medicinal properties, which has lent its powers to myths and stories told through the ages. Indigenous peoples utilize its every gift, and to this day they honor this sacred plant by calling her “Mother Maguey," a gift of life.
Paredes is inspired and intrigued by this phenomenal life source, which is why the maguey motivates her to continue exploring researching and creating. The central piece of her residency will be the reconstruction of a new work entitled The House that Tequila Built, made from recycled and deconstructed Patrón tequila bottles, which offers a unique opportunity for the museum public to witness a work in process and allows the artist to engage the public in conversations about this sacred plant.