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Karina Puente - Breath of Fresh Air
Karina Puente - Breath of Fresh Air
Karina Puente - Breath of Fresh Air

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2024 Making Matters

Karina Puente - Breath of Fresh Air

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Hand-dyed, hand-cut textile

I make art inspired by Papel Picado, the traditional Mexican folk art of cut paper. My art is a textile process hand-dyed over a hot stove and airdried on the line. My creative practice elevates daily actions often relegated to the feminine sphere - women’s work - and reflects my commitment to tradition. Through weekly conversations with my Tias in Santa Barbara, I gained valuable insights into the remarkable women in my family who paved their way in the garden. As a seamstress, my great-grandmother skillfully navigated the border and built a livelihood from the comfort of her home. Sending my art to California, particularly Papel Picado inspired installations for events, weddings, and personal collections, is a process I cherish.

Karina Puente is a passionate visual artist and the founder of a women-led studio dedicated to evoking joy, focus, and positivity through art. Her journey as a Mexican-American artist in the Pocono Mountains is deeply rooted in the rich cultural heritage of the Santa Ynez Valley in central California, where Karina grew up. Her art, spanning paintings, drawings, and contemporary Papel Picado installations, pays homage to La Sirena and Mexican traditions. With a track record of showcasing her vibrant, large-scale art in prestigious venues such as the Corcoran National Gallery, Weeksville Heritage Center, Columbia University, Miami MoCA, and more, Karina aims to captivate leaders with a flair for design. Inspired by the spirit of invention, Karina employs traditional techniques like hand-dyeing, sewing, carving spirit figures, and watercolor in her garden studio. This creative environment resonates with the legacy of her great-great-grandmother, a revered seamstress who crafted intricate designs for Indigenous communities a century ago. By embracing the artistry of handmade work and infusing it with ancestral reverence, Karina keeps this timeless practice alive. 
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