Consuelo Jiménez Underwood

THE WORK BEGINS WITH THREAD.

I begin with a cone or skein of thread, and often, a piece of fabric. When I weave, sew, or embellish, the old ones seem to express their encouragement and support of my creations. The artwork becomes an external validation of memory and quest.

THE WORK MUST BE BEAUTIFUL SO THAT ITS MEANING EXUDES CREDIBILITY AND CLARITY.

THE WORK MUST BE WELL-CONSTRUCTED, SO THAT ITS MOVEMENT THROUGH TIME CAN BE EFFORTLESS AND GRACEFUL.

With beauty, grace, and traditional form, my work expresses the quiet rage that has permeated indigenous people of the Americas for over five hundred years.

The Sacred Jump
1994, Silk thread, gold wire, barbed wire, Woven, silk-screened, embroidered, 83”x38”

This work incorporates silk-screened images which lie at the core of my artistic vision including Mitlatecutzli (the Guardian of the Dead), the Virgen de Guadalupe, and the salmon leaping to survive. Material (silk thread, gold and barbed wire) and form (woven, wrapped) are also at the core and my artistic expression.