Lena Bartula Open Studio

By Patricia Smith, photos by Lena Bartula

After a year of traveling exhibitions, local artist Lena Bartula will open her studio gallery to the public on Saturday, November 8, to share her creations with art lovers of San Miguel. Many of her mixed media constructions, “Contemporary Huipiles,” have returned with her from Antigua, Guatemala City and Oaxaca, Mexico. Traditionally, huipiles are women’s blouses, woven on a backstrap loom, and Bartula admits she has never used a loom nor has she ever been a weaver. Instead, her non-wearable garments are woven stories, and a humble tribute to the women weavers of Central and Latin America. They speak powerfully about the feminine. The materials are as diverse as bottle caps, cornhusks, zippers, CDs and silk flowers. The huipiles speak for the voiceless, they remember and revision women whose legends were twisted along the way as her story became history, and they expose little-known information with a colorful and dynamic sensibility.

Lena Bartula Open Studio
Sat, Nov 8, 2-6pm
Carlos del Castillo 12A
Colonia Guadalupe
Free entrance

Other series at Bartula’s open studio include framed works from both the “now Revolution” and “Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz” series. These photo transfer monotypes were created in the former printmaking workshop at El Nigromante Bellas Artes, and the artist has continued to work on them with paint and collage to create interesting mixed media effects. Her cross-dressing heroes of the Revolution and nuns whose appearances collide with old-world religion have been considered controversial, insisting on dialog that the artist is happy to engage in. A painter for more than 30 years, the artist will also showcase oils, acrylics, and mixed media works on paper, wood, and canvas from many past series, plus an assortment of re-purposed books, shrines and handmade greeting cards.

Bartula has exhibited in museums and galleries around the world; her works are found in collections in France, Italy, US, Mexico, Guatemala, UK, Australia, and Canada. She teaches workshops in San Miguel, Antigua, and in January will be teaching in Oaxaca. This open studio celebrates her 10-year anniversary of living in Mexico. Her studio is located in the Arts District, colonia Guadalupe, at Carlos del Castillo 12A, and will be open Saturday, November 8, from 2-6pm. For more information: lenabartula@gmail.com,

www.lenabartula.com, http://lenabartulascontemporaryhuipils.blogspot.mx


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