Eduardo Portillo & Mariá Eugenia Dávila - Guest Artist Talk
Eduardo Portillo & Mariá Eugenia Dávila will be presenting a special guest artist talk as a part of the Kent Blossom Art Lecture Series this summer. The Venezuelan artists will be giving their talk on Wednesday, June 19 at 6 p.m. in room 165 at the Center for the Visual Arts. All artist talks are free and open to the public.
Portillo and Dávila are textile artists based in Mérida, a town located in the Venezuelan Andes, who use materials such as silk, alpaca, cotton and metals in their work. They will be in Northeast Ohio as guests of the Praxis Fiber Workshop in Cleveland. They will be creating indigo dyed banners for display during the celebrations to commemorate the anniversary of the burning of the Cuyahoga River.
Artist statement: Our work is driven by our relationship with the surroundings and how it can be communicated within a contemporary textile language. We are interested in representing experiences in materials and processes that bear the imprint of people and places, and reveal the relationships between people and their environments. When we decided to work with silk, we were compelled to travel to China and India to study and research their age-old practices of sericulture. Our experiences were crucial to our training. We have always been passionate about knowledge, experimentation and especially its reinterpretation within our own place and culture, in Mérida, in the Venezuelan Andes, we also work with local materials, such as cotton and alpaca from Peru and Bolivia, fiber from the moriche and chiqui-chique palm trees of the Orinoco River Delta and Amazon region, as well as dyes from the indigo plant. For us color is crucial. Our interest in color starts at its very foundations: how it is obtained, where it is found in nature, in objects, in people. Through color we discover the way to follow each project.