“Leche De Vida” by Angelica Raquel
artist: ANGELICA RAQUEL
LECHE DE VIDA
34" x 26" Graphite, vellum, and acrylic on cotton paper framed in poplar
About “ Leche de Vida”:
“Leche de Vida was completed while I was in my Master of Fine Arts graduate program at UTSA. During that time I was just starting to dive into the reasons of "why" I adore animals and more specifically my upbringing. Leche de Vida (Milk of Life) explores the idea of nature's nurture. Fawns of all different coloring and patterns are stacked on each other, supporting each other, and holding a branch of a plant that is pouring out a liquid or a "milk" that is feeding them. The land is raising these vulnerable creatures, and I feel that while I was making this I was really meditating on my childhood that I spent at my grandparents ranch, and constantly outside, always searching for animals with my cousins. Nature has always held my heart, and in a large way, has raised me and I'm very grateful to have had a quiet lovely upbringing with such adoration for the natural world.
Deer and fawns in my work are usually representative of the women and childhood friends in my life. Bucks tend to represent my Grandfather who was my family's leader before he passed away. Animals I grew up seeing constantly like jackrabbits, deer, coyotes, etc. all South Texas creatures hold a big place in my heart.”
- Angelica Raquel
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