Q: Does your attraction to Mexican folk art have anything to do with the way you see life or your taste for color?

Studio corner

Studio corner

A:  Initially, it was the fact that these folk-art figures opened up an entire new world to me.  I had learned almost nothing about Mexico in school, a fact I found mystifying, considering Mexico is the United States’ southern neighbor. 

When I started collecting, I was launched on a rich intellectual adventure with seemingly no end.  The folk art figures had so much to teach and prompted many questions.  Most were unanswerable, but still, I was curious:  who made them, why, how, what did they represent, what did they reveal about the maker’s worldview, how did they fit in with historical and contemporary forces, etc.

Comments are welcome!

About barbararachkoscoloreddust

New York Artist Barbara Rachko www.barbararachko.com shares her perspective on pastel painting, photography, and the creative inspiration she finds in pre-Columbian civilizations, mythology, and travel to remote places, like her new favorite destinations, Peru and Bolivia.

Posted on September 22, 2018, in Creative Process, Inspiration, Mexico, Studio and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Latin America has an awesome rich cultural collections. They have a lot of architectural vestige and folklore that is enough to inspire them. Also their ancient culture and the existence of traditional cultures living still with their cultural heritage, beside mega cities, gives them great brainstorming material.
    Cities full.of concrete structures tend to get population standardized in mind and in culture. It is a big loss for all the world. Many cultural heritage in this world is lost for the price of industrialism, progress and modernism.
    All the population fighting against this, had great creativity in all domain of art.

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