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- Árbol de la Vida
- Series: Día de Muertos
- Artist: Orquidia Violeta
- Artform: flat
- Method: appliqué, beadwork, dyeing, embroidery
- Medium: beads, canvas, fabric, found-objects, salvaged, upholstery, trim
- Year: 2020
- Statement: This work depicts the tree of life, symbolizing our connectedness, and the beauty of togetherness. The large tapestry depicts the artist's Grandparents as two Día de Muertos Calaveras holding hands forming the roots of a Tree of Life. The trunk and branches of the tree include indigenous Salvadoran, and personal imagery. The piece is machine and hand sewn, appliquéd, and embroidered using hand-dyed materials salvaged from around Portland.
The Portland Building: Social Landscape of Portland
1120 SW 5th Ave, Third Floor, Portland, OR 97204
This year, Orquidia’s Madrina was selected for the permanent Small Works Collection of the City of Portland. A flat portrait of her Godmother in denim, printed cotton, and embroidered flowers, the piece is part of the "Social Landscape of Portland" installation on display in the newly remodeled Portland Building.
I embroidered this piece to help myself relax during the Covid-19 pandemic. I am surrounding myself with my friends, the plants, to shield me from harm, and to support my colorful heart that gives me life. That is a dream I had not too long from now.
Plantas Mi Amigos is on sale at https://www.wilsonvillearts.org/current-exhibition?pgid=kk32q32j-b771841f-4c0b-4318-b3d0-d4002e235c31
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Orquidia Violeta is a Salvadoran-American textile artist. Growing up in a dirt-floored farmhouse in Central America, she remembers the embroidered pink dress her mother sent her from the US. Orquidia crossed the US border as a six-year-old refugee and went on to earn an Associate of the Arts degree from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. Exposure to labor exploitation in the garment industry led her to co-found LaborFruit — a prominent artist-cooperative storefront and gallery in Los Angeles specializing in clothing as artform. Living in Portland Oregon, Orquidia continues to challenge herself as a textile artist, exploring new methods and mediums, such as machine and hand embroidery, knitting, weaving, appliqué, beadwork, fabric dyeing, soft sculpture, painting and drawing.
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