El Vals de las Mariposas (The Waltz of the Butterflies)
16 x 21 7/8 in. (40.6 x 55.6 cm)
Mexican born, American,
Serie Project, Austin, TX,
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Purchased with funds provided by the Art Angels
Label from Border Crossings: Immigration in Contemporary Prints, La Salle University Art Museum, March 16 - June 9, 2016:
“A spirit, a dream, or a wish… or a hope” is how Mexican-born Chicana artist, activist, and visual storyteller Alma Lopez describes the central figure in her print El Vals de las Mariposas. This title is shared with a waltz that is commonly performed at quinceañeras, a party celebrating the fifteenth year of a young woman’s life. Along with the waltz, Lopez addresses multiple traditions with a complex symbolism that characterizes her artwork.