de Young Artist Studio

Every month the museum invites artists to install and demonstrate their art form at the de Young. This interactive program enables visitors to meet artists and gives the artists an opportunity to work with the public. Artists working in various media are encouraged to apply.

Visit the Periscope Project, the artists' online studio

Viviana Paredes artwork

October 1, 2014November 2, 2014

Mother Maguey: The Gift of Life
de Young | Kimball Education Gallery/Artist Studio
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. 

www.periscopeproject.org
www.paredesarte.com

Upcoming Artists-in-Residence

yarn-covered train seats
December 3, 2014January 4, 2015

The Artist Studio program is made possible with major support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Museums for America program.

 

Artist Studio Blog

The views expressed in the Artist Studio Blog are those of the participating artists-in-residence at the de Young, and do not reflect the opinions or viewpoints of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Posted by cinaba on July 6, 2010 - 2:38pm
One guest during my residency mentioned that he liked the larger canvas of a vest better than, say, a small pouch. I think I smiled and nodded at the time. It was towards the end and my desire to take up each and every teachable moment had waned somewhat. I've slept some now so: I don't make my work for entirely decorative reasons.
Posted by cinaba on June 28, 2010 - 2:40pm
On the way past the bandshell I noticed that the puddle the squirrels were drinking out of yesterday had dried up. Fog all gone... It's quite hot actually.  More feathers.
Posted by cinaba on June 28, 2010 - 2:37pm
It's been a long month and my brain is getting sluggish. Fortunately there were many people I liked around today.
Posted by cinaba on June 25, 2010 - 3:03pm
Another magical foggy day. This time with tomatoes and raspberries. Well, that and my first official day without Mr. Horse. I knew it was going to be difficult so I brought fruit. Fruit and Knopfler and Clapton... I also had Intern Extrordinaire Mlle. Megan. Bob the sitting ball was there too. Life could have been harder. Still... even with all of that and the buffalo hunt on the wall...

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