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SABRINA ZARCO

Sabrina's work often employs traditional symbols and colors of the Chicano movement of the 70s when she was young.  They include the prickly pear cactus, various forest animals, real and imagined, Aztec goddesses and Mexican symbols of spirit and community.

Sabrina is a past Grand Award Winner in The Delta Exhibition.  Justice is the theme of her 2004 Grand Award Winner, Women of Juarez, which focused on the hundreds of murdered and missing women around the border town of Juarez.  Oddly, there was some controversy about the work winning The Delta Exhibition, she said.

"The work is colorfula nd focuses on the names of the women and a call to justice by the mothers and families and it has bilingual writing on it.  I came to Arkansas to do education about the growing Latino community and to help build cross-cultural understanding or at a minimum, tolerance.  Several artists who also entered made comments to me that it was not a good choice and the judge was not from here and so on.  It hurt at the time not knowing why and feeling like it was a bigotry any way you look at it but now makes for an interesting story of Arkansas at that time."

Sabrina fell in love with fabric as a child.  While her mother and grandmother worked at their sewing machines, Sabrina would pick up scraps of fabric to make dolls and other small items.

"When I was around 6 or 7 years old, I went to the local seamstress' home to learn to sew.  While all the other girls made beanbag frogs in shades of green, I created a cotton stuffed black velvet frog with red and white printed underbelly and red pom pom eyes.  I have always been thankful and dearly loved my teacher for allowing me to the space to be different.  The velvet frog sits in my studio as a reminder that I have always been a nonconformisit."

An "art quilt" is an original exploration of a concept rather than the handing down of a "pattern," according to the Studio Art Quilt Association of which Sabrina is a member.

"It experiments with textile manipulation, color, texture and/or diversity of mixed media.  It consists predominately of fiber or a fiber-like material with one or multiple layers, which are held together with stitches or piercing of the layers.  In my work, I draw and add paint, embroidery, beadwork, buttons, seeds, found objects, basically anything I can attach/add to the work to further the story."

For more information about Sabrina, visit www.sabrinazarco.com