Agustina Diez Sierra

Dreamweavers

Agustina Diez Sierra
Dreamweavers | Tejedoras de sueños
Mix medium, T’nalak fabric bought at the Tiboli tribe, Lake Cebu – Philippines.
24” x 24”

Virgin Mary

Agustina Diez Sierra
Virgin Mary image | Imagen de la Virgen Maria
Mix medium, hay fans bought in markets of the Philippines, old figures of the virgin mary from antique shops and old Pilipino magazine as a buckround.
24” x 24”

The Pilipino culture reminds me so much of my home town, it’s a very machismo society. A woman has to be PERFECT, having to project a Virgin Mary image. The more pretty, the more success! Skinny, Virgin and white skin are the perfection! I’ve used the fans to cover the pictures of the Virgin Mary, is an un-speak rule but as a woman you just grow up with that mentality,  having to please a society on trying to be perfect. In the other hand I just love fans, I think they are so feminine….

Dreamweavers

Agustina Diez Sierra
Dreamweavers | Tejedoras de sueños
Mix medium, T’nalak fabric bought at the Tiboli tribe, Lake Cebu – Philippines.
24” x 24”

I’ve had the pleasure to meet with the National Living Treasure, Lang Dulay.  She is the oldest and one of the last Dreamweavers in the tribe. She is passing on this tradition to her granddaughter. I was amazed by this tribe, hearing that the only way they can weave is if they dream…. Each piece is unique, it has it on meaning and it’s on character.

 

The art work I’m displaying at the ‘I American’ show is based on my experience while visiting the country where my husband was born. Being raised in America, I wanted him to reconnect with his own culture and roots. I’m from the northwest part of Argentina, a city called Salta, were our traditions are very strong.

While traveling to the Philippines I not only got to know my husband’s culture, but it also gave me a better understanding on what it meant to be a Filipino as well as what it means to be married to one. It opened my eyes in ways that also made me connect even more with the American culture and what it means to be American.

BIO

Agustina is a cultural artist who lives in Chicago. She’s originally from Salta, a province in northwest Argentina along the foothills of the Andes.  She studied graphic design at the Universidad de Santo Tomas de Aquino in Tucuman, Argentina.
Her many travels throughout South America have led her through other parts of Argentina, as well Chile, Peru and more extensively, Bolivia. She recently visited the Philippines to immerse in the culture and to help her husband re-discover his home country.
Agustina’s collection of indigenous art, antiques and traditional crafts from the cultures she’s visited feature prominently in her art. “In a global society that forges ahead at a rapid pace,” she says, “we could simply stop to appreciate and admire the long and rich cultural traditions of our human race.”

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