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Papel Picado with a Modern Twist


Papel picado is a traditional Mexican folk-style craft made from perforated tissue paper.

Tradition is close to Vasquez’s heart, who is Mexican-American. She was born in Texas and moved to Indianapolis when she was 21 years old.

After graduating from Herron School of Art and Design, Vasquez said she found herself questioning her purpose as an artist.

That question led her to take a trip to Mexico, where she discovered the craft of papel picado. Vasquez said she then began to immerse herself within the “indigenous communities and learned of many traditional crafts.”

After immersion and extensive research of the craft and its place within Mexican culture, Vasquez said she decided she could transform the craft into a fine art that would define her as an artist.

Finally, she said she found her purpose: turning her traditions and culture into fine art.

“My work represents the intricacies and beauty of an indigenous South American traditional craft,” she said.

Solo exhibition at Marian University runs from August 10 thru October 1, https://www.facebook.com/events/397018570506123/


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