Domestic Duty exhibit brings fabric show to Bailey Gallery

Ben Bailey Art Gallery - 02/01/19 - 02/28/19

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590


            Celeste De Luna is a printmaker from the lower Rio Grande Valley and her deep South Texas roots are reflected in her fabric art installation entitled Domestic Duty, now on display at the Ben Bailey Art Gallery at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. The exhibit will continue through Thursday, Feb. 28. The artist’s talk will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, in room 189 in the Bailey Art Building. The reception with the artist will be held at 5 p.m. Feb. 8 in the gallery.

 

            “Domestic Duty is an all fabric installation show that came together as my musing about border militarization as I went about doing housework,” De Luna said. “I’ve always loved my home and domestic life. I find the physical space my home in the Rio Grande Valley occupies is very politicized as well as the lives of the people in it.

 

            “I live in my childhood home inherited from by parents which sits on land once owned and farmed by my grandfather,” she said. “This body of work expresses not only my lived experiences as an artist/activist on the border, but also the partner of an ICE agent and all the polarities of that life.

 

            “Although I don’t wish to be judged by my relationship, I use my relationship to explore complex and nuanced issues. The work in this show is personal and explores ideas about border issues, complexity, loyalty, love, country, hypocrisy and patriotism. Some of these ideas are admittedly paranoid fantasies gone awry and some are just heartbreakingly true things,” De Luna said.

 

            De Luna is a printmaker from the lower Rio Grande Valley. She explores the geopolitical aspects of post-911 militarization of her environment such as border walls, drones, checkpoints and bridges. Much of her work is centered on the border experiences of mixed documentation status communities. Her iconography frequently shows razor wire, fences, bridges and anchor babies.

 

            She is a self-taught printmaker whose work includes large-scale woodcuts and fabric installation. She describes her political subject matter is social commentary with feminine sensibility. In addition, her studio practice of creating large-scale relief prints, quilts and installation, De Luna works in collaboration with the community in Brownsville as a co-founder of the socially engaged arts collaborative Las Imaginistas.

 

            Las Imaginistas are recipients of a 2017 Artplace America Creative Placemaking grant and a 2018 Blade of Grass Fellows. Currently, De Luna is managing her print how, Metztli Press, creating curriculum for a community printmaking collaborative, Taller de Permiso, and is a lecturer at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

 

            De Luna earned her bachelor’s degree in art from St. Edward’s University and her master’s degree in fine arts in studio art from University of Texas Pan American.

 

            The Bailey Art Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 361-593-3401 or visit www.tamukart.blogspot.com .

 

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