Corn Husks in the Rio San Juan
Lisa Gordillo (VPA), (pictured on the left in the photo) traveled to Quetzaltenango, Guatemala for her recent exhibition at the Centro Cultural Efrain Recinos, July 15 - Aug. 1. She also worked on an installation for Tierra Adentro, the International Poetry Festival of Aguacatan, where she created a sculpture in the Rio San Juan.
Michigan Tech Alumna Hannah Fisher, ‘17, (on the right in the photo) who graduated with a minor in visual art, joined Gordillo to help with the river sculpture (which involved sewing corn husks together in the water) and to join the Aguacatan Poetry Festival also as an artist in residence. The river sculpture, called "Chuchos del Rio," was created to be part of a conversation about immigration, as part of the poetry festival.
The exhibit in Quetzaltenango, “Prohibido Orinar Aqui,” was developed from Gordillo’s spring exhibit, “ChickenBus,” in the Rozsa Gallery, and as Gordillo reports, was very well attended and received.
She thanks all of the Michigan Tech students who both helped with the development of the work in the spring, related to "Chicken Bus," and the outcome of that work which traveled with her as a part of the “Prohibido Orinar Aqui” exhibit.
Fisher was interviewed about her sculpture work, which appeared in the Equal and Opposite Show, in the Rozsa Gallery “gallery b” in 2016.
She says “I was really influenced by Andy Goldsworthy. I really appreciated how he uses materials found in nature and manipulates them in ways not seen in nature. Nature is a big influence in my life.”
You can listen to the interview on SoundCloud. It is 06:28 minutes in length.
According to Gordillo, “Hannah and I laughed a lot and caused a lot of laughter making our installation in the river. That work included filling our hotel showers with corn husks, then transporting them to the river, and transporting them back, and finally sitting in the river to sew them all together, with lots of onlookers asking an even larger batch of questions.”
Gordillo was also sculptor-in-residence at Tierra Adentro, the International Poetry Festival of Aguacatan, Guatemala. This year’s festival was dedicated to immigrants and displaced people. Gordillo and Fisher also created a migrating book as part of the festival.