As the first year of AZ ArtWorker draws to a close, the artist-to-artist professional development program launched last August with funding from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation shows no signs of slowing down. This month, AZ ArtWorker is bringing a pair of internationally acclaimed artists to Douglas, AZ, to meet and work with local artists.
On June 11, 2016, AZ ArtWorker will bring Margarita Cabrera to Douglas for an artist meet and greet. A Mexican-American artist whose objects and activities address timely issues related to border relations, labor practices and immigration, Margarita will talk about her latest project Space in Between, a collaboration with ASU Art Museum, Desert Botanical Gardens and various community organizations. While visiting the community, Cabrera will also meet with local artists in preparation for her upcoming project, Douglas Abre la Boca.
On June 24, 2016, Douglas residents are invited to join a conversation with visual artist Claudio Dicochea about the personal creative journey of artmaking as well as the social process of placing one’s work out in the world. The following day, Dicochea will lead a day-long painting workshop for local artists. Drawing from his own experiences at the geographic intersection of Mexican and American culture, Dicochea’s work is a current re-examination of mestizaje, or mixed-race identity. His layered and visually dense paintings host a motley environment of figures and motifs dealing with the many legacies of postcolonial representation, hybrid identities and contemporary media stereotypes.