The Historic Center of Saltillo is eclectic. Over the years, ancient and modern architecture have begun to coexist in unusual ways, but even in the face of the destruction of historic buildings, some still survive that preserve elements on their facades in which we can discover the traditional essence of the city.
The architect and artist Judith Fragoso found in these architectural elements, in the particular use of brick in the area, a relationship with the symbolic serapewhich in its patterns shows rhombuses and geometric figures similar to those of these.
This is how his first individual exhibition was born “mud tissue”which opened last Friday in the gallery of Pavilion II at the desert museumwhere he presents compositions made from photographic collages of said facades where he imitates the designs of this traditional textile, pieces that in turn were intervened and advised in their construction by the master weaver Victoria Quezada.
“I began to develop this project in 2019, when I was still working for the Secretariat of Infrastructure, I started to make some collages, which were very different from what I presented todaybut between the photographs I began to see these patterns and motifs that the facades followed, and that is how over the months I began to come up with the sense of resembling textile art”, she commented in an interview with VANGUARDIA.
The author pointed out that the project was born from cruder pieces, where the altarpieces and facades were joined in a less direct way to allude to the textile pattern. As the idea progressed, he asked Quezada for help.who was vital in the creation of these compositions, since his advice allowed him to better emulate the sarape.
“The possibilities were quite big, a lot to play with. There are quite a few styles of serapes too, I learned that thanks to the master weaver. There are quite a few colors that are used beyond the traditional onesthere is a world behind that and I also live in the Historic Center, when walking its streets I could see the number of patterns that followed on its facades”, he explained regarding his interest in working on this topic.
The pieces are based on a personal archive of photographs that, like a puzzle, were edited and put together to create each image, which once printed and framed, received the intervention of wool fabric trims, which makes each work, in the distance, give the illusion of being a real serape.
“I want to thank all the people who believed me from the beginning, I want to thank all the people who know what kind of people I am, who have known me for many years and who did not doubt me or my work, neither for being an emerging artist nor for being an architect and that this is one more step to overcome this patriarchal system that always benefits men”, he concluded.