The Art of Found Objects: Interviews with Texas Artists

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Margarita Cabrera

Received December 15, 2012
Born 1973, Monterrey, Mexico; lives in El Paso

Figure 21. Margarita Cabrera, John Deere Model #790, 2007
Clay and aluminum, 100" × 60" × 96"

Courtesy of the artist

Art © Margarita Cabrera / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Photograph: Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, NY

Q In your soft sculptures, what do the sagging forms and dangling thread ends represent? Why have you often incorporated rigid, industrially produced elements into the soft sculptures?

A The pieces have an anthropomorphic feel to them, as I am trying to represent the body of a person both emotionally and physically. The seams and the threads are purposely left exposed to reveal the making process, because in the actual maquiladoras the making and people are so often made invisible, especially to their American consumers.

For some of the rigid pieces, they are left as they would be in the original appliance—such as the glass coffee pot—because these pieces are not produced in the Mexican maquiladoras; they are part of the assemblage. On the other hand, the most toxic parts of the appliances, especially the plastic parts, are made in Mexico.

Q How has the Montessori experience helped shape your approach to making art?

A One important transfer from my Montessori experience is the importance of touch in the learning and making process; there are many lessons to be learned through experience with one physical material. The Montessori experience also comes through in my work in sensitivity to people and the environment.

Q What distinguishes your collaborators and the assistants you sometimes employ?

A Let’s put it this way: assistants are like subcontractors who use their skills to help complete the tasks of a project. Collaborators, on the other hand, are conceptually integrated into the fundamental decision-making and production of a workshop project and its final products.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction 1
  • Margaret Adie 9
  • Helen Altman 12
  • Celia Álvarez Muñoz 14
  • The Art Guys- Michael Galbreth 17
  • Jack Massing 19
  • Frances Bagley 22
  • Karin Broker 25
  • Maureen Brouillette 28
  • Steve Brudniak 31
  • Margarita Cabrera 35
  • Eugene W. R. Campbell Jr 38
  • Danville Chadbourne 40
  • Claire Cusack 46
  • Robert Dampier 48
  • Roberto del Rio 51
  • Martin Delabano 54
  • Vernon Fisher 58
  • Trenton Doyle Hancock 60
  • Vincent Hannemann 62
  • Ann Harithas 66
  • Dana Harper 69
  • Joseph Havel 71
  • Tracy Hicks 73
  • Paul Horn 77
  • Otis Huband 79
  • Christopher Hynes 81
  • Barbara Irwin 83
  • Joy Jenkins 85
  • Norman Kary 89
  • Mimi Kato 93
  • Sharon Kopriva 96
  • Laura Jean Lacy 98
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  • Kelly O’Connor 127
  • Mari Omori 129
  • Kathleen Packlick 131
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  • Kevin Parmer 136
  • Forrest Prince 139
  • Russell Prince 142
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  • John Mark Sager 151
  • Joel Sampson 154
  • Ward Sanders 156
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  • Kelly Sears 163
  • Al Souza 165
  • Julie Speed 167
  • James Michael Starr 169
  • Henry Stein 173
  • Gary Sweeney 175
  • Cecil Touchon 177
  • Patrick Turk 181
  • Janet L. Waldrop 184
  • Debbie Wetmore 186
  • Steve Wiman 188
  • Sources and Further Reading 191
  • Index 199
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