Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Mirel Fraga, Bosque Tropical, Polvoh Press, Oaxaca, Mexico, 2022, 2nd edition

This is a beautiful and wonderfully vibrant screenprinted accordion from this artist based in Oaxaca, Mexico. Fraga has worked as a designer and illustrator, coupled with textile, editorial and graphic design projects, as well as having worked at a number of important cultural institutions in Oaxaca City and the surrounding area. She's also been influenced by her time working in an artisan workshop in the village of San Martin Tilcajete, famous for its multicolored and carved wooden alebrijes. Fraga says she was influenced by these artisans' use of color, saying "you can see it in my work: in the shapes, the colors, and in certain psychedelic elements, because I think they (the alebrijes artists) have a psychedelic side." Fraga is also the co-founder of Polvoh Press based in Oaxaca City. [Powder Press]

Here's a link to an interesting article about Fraga that gives an excellent account of her background, artistic interests, as well as her thoughts about color and its importance for her and her art: The Many Colors of Mirel Fraga | Hecho a Mano

6 double-sided pages, individually 6" x 8.25", and when fully opened 39" (including title fold)

reverse side

back cover

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