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Valentine From Borderlandia

Borderlandia Painting example

Opening Reception


Valentine From Borderlandia

Andrea Muñoz Martinez


Tuesday, September 24, 2019

11:00 am | Brazos Hall

Exhibit on view through December 2019

Andrea Muñoz Martinez, 2019

“These paintings are inspired by the vast landscape of Uvalde, Texas and Piedras Negras, Mexico. This show is an invitation to contemplate the beauty that exists in a land where people negotiate their place, where people thrive and struggle, and where people resist the idea of unjust borders.

Painting landscapes is a way for me to understand the place where I am from. I grew up fishing and hunting with my father who taught me how to look at the landscape. My mother filled our home with textiles that created a soothing environment which helped me thrive in a sometimes hostile town. This show hopes to create a contemplative space for people to study the borderlands and to reflect on the urgent needs of people living there.

These landscape paintings are abstract. Abstract painting can be a way of observing the hope and horror of the borderlands and can help us imagine a better future for this land. In my paintings, I am able to express a range of emotions through repetitive mark making and resonating, vibrant colors.
Today, the U.S.-Mexico border is constantly being misrepresented as a place of danger and violence. But to me the borderlands is home. It’s a place of humanity, solidarity, and compassion. This is my valentine from the borderlands.”
-Andrea Muñoz Martinez

Andrea Muñoz Martinez has an MFA in Studio Art from the University of California, Davis. Her work has been exhibited at the Santa Chiara Center in Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy, the John Nicholas Brown Center at Brown University, the Visual Art Center at The University of Texas at Austin, and the Nelson Gallery at the University of California, Davis.