June 23, 2010Artpace San Antonio Grants $5000 to Three Artists
We couldn't be more excited to announce that Artpace is giving $5000 in travel grants to three San Antonio-based artists. After an extensive selection process, Ruth Buentello, Naomi Wanjiku, and Mark Hogensen rose to the top of the 2010 pool of Artpace Travel Grant applicants. Wanjiku will travel back to her native Kenya to immerse herself in the Jua Kali experience, an informal but highly developed recycling program that re-purposes recyclables as unique pieces of art.
In my current art in San Antonio, I transform recycled cans into contemporary art. The new, the old and the not so old cans are stitched into each other with various gauges of steel wire. These materials and techniques enhance depth and texture, while creating an interplay of visual harmony and movement. The bringing together of these materials creates a rebirth of the discarded cans. My work celebrates the transformation of discarded materials; the coming together of the old and new; and is a metaphor for the connection between multiple generations.
The initial process involves gathering recycled cans from friends and neighbours.
I let nature take over my work by letting the iron rust into the fabric of the can, using the color as not just a decoration but a meaningful contextual component.The natural lines on the surfaces of the cans create continuous patterns and texture.