Debbie McMahon Fiber Art Symposium
Russell Hill Rogers Lecture Hall
Free and open to the public
Speakers: D.Y. Begay and Porfirio Porfirio Gutiérrez
This year’s symposium will include a conversation with two contemporary weavers, both coming from traditional methods and influences based on their cultural heritage. Though coming from different cultures located thousands of miles apart, commonalities built on traditions exist in their current practices.
ABOUT THE VISITING ARTISTS:
D.Y. Begay is a fourth-generation Navajo weaver. Her artwork is influenced by her Navajo identity, the forms of nature, the colors of the landscape, and the flora & fauna. She experiments with combining a natural color palette with unconventional non-reservation color, made for both plant matter and soils and thinks of the weaving process as analogous to “painting with yarn.”
Porfirio Gutiérrez divides his time between his home in California and his native land in the textile community of Teotitlán del Valle in Oaxaca, Mexico. He is a multi-generational weaver in the Zapotec tradition and his knowledge manifests in his textiles as he reinterprets the traditional weaving language, subverting and re-imagining the symbols and forms of his culture with influences of forms and spaces of cities and urban environments references.
Established in 2010, this symposium features noted fiber artists exemplary in their field in lectures, exhibitions or workshops. Named in honor of Debbie McMahon who was an accomplished and devoted fiber artist, Debbie was also a student and Trustee at Southwest School of Art. Her husband created an endowment in Debbie’s memory to facilitate this annual conversation on contemporary fiber arts.