Vortex of the Mind
The fifth edition of ARTE / SANO ÷ Artists at the Museum of Popular Art in Mexico City brought together over 100 artists and artisans to showcase their collective creative talents.
Overcoming the separation between contemporary artists and those who draw upon traditional artisan techniques, it sought to create a meaningful dialogue between those at the forefront of Mexico's creative art scene and the timelessness of its more traditional practices.
Chantal Meza's contribution titled the Vortex of the Mind represented a unique collaboration between herself and local artisans from the town of Tecali de Herrera, Puebla. Working with local stone, it offered a fusion between her abstract forms of expression and the artisan appreciation for working the stone to draw out its natural beauty and colours.
Commenting on the exhibition, Chantal notes: "what really inspired me to be part of this event was precisely the merging of artistic traditions. I think as a Nation we need to have more appreciation of the creative and expressive importance of the artisans; not simply to appropriate their talents, but to develop new styles for artistic collaboration in the 21st Century".