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San Antonio Artist Daniela Cavazos Madrigal’s New Solo Show Explores What It Means to Be an Immigrant in Trump’s America


  • Diana Cavazos Madrigal
With most Americans largely divided along party lines on issues such as immigration reform, Daniela Cavazos Madrigal hopes her artwork can spark a dialogue about the American Dream and what it means to be an immigrant in Trump’s America. “I think it was always something that I was interested in because I had a lot of close relatives and friends who were going through that,” Madrigal said. “The stories I tell are very much in the third person but I identify with them because it’s part of my cultural background.” Born to a Mexican-American father and a Mexican mother, Madrigal grew up in Laredo and spent three years living in Mexico. A 2017 graduate of the MFA program at UTSA, Madrigal uses discarded clothing to tell the stories of the forgotten immigrants living along the U.S.-Mexico border. Through the use of traditional craft practices such as embroidery, sewing and weaving, Madrigal blurs the lines between high art and low art while honoring what is traditionally seen as “women’s work.” In “The Things They Carried,” Madrigal considers some of the essential items carried by immigrants on what are often traumatic journeys. Incorporating textiles and found materials, Madrigal’s latest body of work focuses on the way physical objects represent our sense of home and “the difficult journey of abandoning one place to adopt another.” Following its opening receptions, “The Things They Carried” remains on view by appointment through November 3.

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