Exclusive on Bidsquare Lot #08: Wence and Sandra Martinez
Martinez Studio, Door County and Sante Fe
Handspun churro wool
Dyed by the artist: cochineal, yellow, pomegranate, undyed cream, black, and gray
61 x 32 in.
From a small studio they opened in 1994 in Wisconsin's scenic Door County, Wence and Sandra Martinez have seen their work exhibited and collected all over the world. Wence is from Teotitlan del Valle in Oaxaca, Mexico, where he runs the family studio. A collaborative effort, Sandra creates designs based upon human, plant, and shelter forms, which Wence translates into fiber tapestries. Together, their mission is to pay homage to textile's history of preserving symbol and myth while integrating contemporary aesthetics. The geometry of their work often carries a personal message for the artists, symbolic of the life Oaxacan-born Wence and Milwaukee-born Sandra have created.
The duo has participated in five consecutive Smithsonian Craft Shows beginning in 2012; they received the Silver Award for Overall Excellence in 2016 and the Exhibitors Choice Award in 2017-the year they were also finalists for the American Craft Council's Rare Craft Fellowship. In 2018, they were named USA Fellows. Their work is in the collections of the National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago; Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC; and the Museum of Wisconsin Art.
Artist Website: martinezstudio.com
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