Historias/Viajes: Work by Marta Sánchez and Liliana Wilson
Historias/Viajes (Stories/Journeys) is a dual exhibition by visual artists Marta Sánchez and Liliana Wilson. The two artists have deep roots in Texas, and in this exhibition, their contrasting styles and subject matter share the commonality of exploring the bonds that tie all people together, bonds of family and family lore, bonds of humanity and shared loss. The exhibition opened on April 14 with a conversation between the artists and poet-scholar Norma E. Cantú, with whom each of them has collaborated.
About the Artists
A native of San Antonio, Texas, painter Marta Sánchez is deeply inspired by traditional Mexican folk art expressions. She is recognized primarily for her retablo paintings, an offspring of traditional Mexican prayer paintings. Sánchez is the co-author of Transcendental Train Yard, with Norma E. Cantú, a book that pairs her artwork with Cantú's poetry. Sánchez's portion of the exhibition is titled Historias. It contains paintings and prints, some of which include photographs, depicting family members and scenes recalled from childhood or inspired by family stories.
Liliana Wilson was born in Valparaíso, Chile. She studied law at the Catholic University of Valparaiso, Chile. In 1977, she visited the United States and subsequently settled in Austin. Her artwork is featured in the volume Ofrenda: Liliana Wilson's Art of Dissidence and Dreams, edited by Cantú. In her portion of the exhibition, Viajes, the artist explores the theme of child migrantion in images depicting children journeying separately and together, some expressing hope, others loneliness.
Historias/Viajes is on view in the Benson Latin American Collection's second floor gallery space through July 15, 2016. The exhibition is free and open to the public during library hours.