How Does it Feel?
9/25/2019 | Arts | Santa Fe Reporter | By Alex De Vore
How Does it Feel? Artist Andrea Vargas-Mendoza connects the dots with ongoing projects focused on the border crisis. Young Santa Feans collaborated on pieces like this one in response to family separations at the border. Courtesy the Artist When local artist Andrea Vargas-Mendoza was tapped by former Warehouse 21 executive director Ana Gallegos y Reinhardt to conduct a workshop for area students at the nonprofit teen arts center, she says she expected maybe 20 participants.
"It turned out I was going to have 60 kids," Vargas-Mendoza explains, "they bussed them in."
At the time, Vargas-Mendoza says she had been working with Billy Schenk, a painter of American Western scenes, who she says passed along a respect for the concept of paint-by-numbers. From there, it was a matter of a projector and images of the kids separated from their parents at the border. Read more here.