Master Weaver Patricia Robles at La Aurora
By Margaret Failoni
Art, w/Master Weaver Patricia Robles, Fri, May 4, 5pm, Galería Espacio Carral, Fábrica La Aurora
True to her Mexican roots, Patricia Robles directs her creative juices to the ancient art of weaving. Seldom have I seen the variety of weaving techniques with the many different natural materials used to create such exquisite art pieces. Some works favor the intricacies in the design patterns, while others rely on the magic of natural dyes or the topography created by the raw materials used. A recent museum exhibition showed large tapestries with wavy renditions of the various shades of blue, creating a visual cocktail of water, from rain to deep seas.
The exhibition created for the Espacio Carral at the Aurora Design Center, which opens to the public on May 4, follows the warm color palettes of the Bajío desert: soft beiges, pale yellows with white. There is something very warm, quiet and soothing about these works; I can picture myself lying in a hammock and gazing at any one of the works presented in this exhibition. Although deeply steeped in the Mexican indigenous arts and crafts tradition, with weaving going back thousands of years, there is at the same time something very worldly and international about Patricia Robles’ work and I foresee that it will find its way into many museum collections.