Photo: Leo Alexandropoulos
Formally trained as a painter, Blanka Amezkua's multidisciplinary practice employs techniques often considered traditional or domestic – primarily embroidery and crochet – to address timely cultural, political, and gender issues. Her current body of work explores the expanded possibilities of papel picado the paper-cutting tradition of her native Mexico. Crafted from handmade confetti, tissue paper, and quilling papers, the pieces featured in My Home Has Wings / Mi Casa Tiene Alas merge Amezkua's training in painting with folk art traditions to create large-scale compositions that reproduce iconic landmarks, municipal seals, and agricultural goods that trace her passage across the U.S. – from California’s Central Valley to Buffalo, New York – as the child of migrant farm workers. Developed in collaboration with Puebla-based artisan Rene Mendoza, the work highlighted in My Home Has Wings provides testament to the fortitude of America’s migrant communities.
Blanka Amezkua is a Bronx-based artist currently in residence at the Bronx Museum's AIM alumni residency program, and a 2008 alumna of the AIM fellowship program. Amezkua studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy, and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from California State University, Fresno. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally including the San Diego Art Institute, California; Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York; El Museo del Barrio, New York; Longwood Art Gallery, Bronx, New York; MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York; The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York; and Queens Museum, New York, among others. She is initiator of AAA3A, an artist-run space located in Mott Haven, Bronx, that supports the visibility of Bronx-based artists through exhibitions, public programs, and communal meals.
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