JOSÉ MENDOZA MARTÍNEZ (Teotitlán del Valle)

Awarded honorable mention in FOFA’s 2008 young artists’ competition, José views weaving as his natural form of expression. He believes that the warp and the pattern, fundamental aspects of the craft, are the most complex aspects of his art. He is interested in learning new techniques and creating his own designs, of which “Scabs,” his contest entry, is an excellent example. This work symbolizes a tragic moment in his life: the recent death of his father. Since this profoundly sad event, the weaver has continually experienced mood changes. Although José was not planning to name his tapete (rug), he concluded this was an apt title, because the piece represents his wounds that seem to heal, only to open again. “It’s forever,” he adds.



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