“Great Shepard; Warning in the Night” by Angelica Raquel Martinez
artist: ANGELICA RAQUEL MARTINEZ
GREAT SHEPARD; WARNING IN THE NIGHT
13" H. 10" W. 10" D. Head. 14" H. 13" W. 3" D. Quote. Needle felted and embroidered dog head with machine felted and applique speech bubble. Glass bead eyes, wood, and foam armature with D ring wall attachment. Part of a series of 4.
"Each dog of the series comes with a speech bubble, expressing emotions of warning and confusion. This imagery is based off of a story my late Grandfather told me about the time the dogs of his neighborhood kept a mysterious malicious figure at bay. The figure gliding above each home triggered the dogs to bark and bay, sending it to the next home. A chorus of dogs guarding their people starting at one end of the neighborhood and gliding over to the otherside. My grandfather, the witness, saw a dark shadow above his home, and his dogs followed suit, only for it to quickly pass by." — Angelica Raquel Martinez
Born and raised in the border city of Laredo Texas, Angelica draws much of her inspiration from her upbringing and the unique culture she grew up in. Using narratives rooted in folklore, familial storytelling, and her personal experiences, her work acts as a conduit for her investigations into ideas of morality and the spiritual while often putting emphasis on relationships and their continued importance after death. Her use of animal imagery has a dual purpose of representing the animal itself and those she loves.
Based in San Antonio, Angelica’s multidisciplinary studio practice utilizes mediums like watercolor, graphite, felting, and rug hooking which give an inherent softness to what are sometimes harsh and visceral subjects. The importance of this juxtaposition between the tender and the violent further underscores the relationship humanity has with storytelling. Relying on knowledge of the past while reinventing folklore to reflect on culture, societal, and human/animal relationships.
Angelica earned a Masters in Fine Arts from The University of Texas at San Antonio and a Bachelors in Fine Arts from Texas State University. She teaches art at Incarnate Word High School in San Antonio.
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