My work includes multilayered, collaged paintings constructed of paint, paper, plastics, and images from found books and magazines. For Issue 4 I am sharing several collaged paintings, as well as a few monoprints from a recent printmaking collaboration with Brooklyn’s Shoestring Press. For the me—whether in paint, collage or utilizing printmaking techniques— the repeated act of layering is a meditation on color, texture and shape, which brings a greater consciousness of the visual intricacies found in my immediate environment. Whether this environment is natural, built or cultural, these revealed patterns and textures feedback into my work as added layers. During a recent artist residency along the border between Arizona and Mexico, I found myself in deep isolation with the internal dialogue of self in relation to others at the forefront of my mind. The Mexico-U.S. border is a site where many cultures converge, where ambiguity prevails, and the hard-lined boundaries of identity take indistinct and hybridized shapes as a strategy for survival. Examining the layers of my personality, history and heritage, I began to make work more slowly, taking great consideration of my actions in the context of performing identity—all while aware of the harmonious irregularities of myself mirrored in the layers of the materials in each of the compositions. Thinking critically about the experiences chronicled in national park pamphlets and Time Life books, I grapple with how images of the Southwest constructed my reality and my relationship to my own ancestry. Condensing time and changing narratives through new assemblages of found images of my Mexican and Tejanx heritage fused with energetic paint strokes and cut paper, I seek to create a new story. The works contributed to Issue 4 are meant to create a viewing space for meditating on the power that exists when you change history through the images you create for a better present or future. * * * * * *
Xochi Solis (b. 1981) is an Austin, TX based artist sharing her studio time between Texas and Mexico. Her works include multilayered, collaged paintings constructed of paint, hand-dyed paper, vinyl, plastics, and images from found books and magazines. Solis considers the repeated act of layering a meditation on color, texture, and shape all leading to a greater awareness of the visual intricacies found in her immediate environment, both natural and cultural. During the summer of 2018, she was an invited artist of Object Limited to participate in a pilot residency program in Bisbee, AZ. In 2016, she was artist-in-residence at Pele Prints in St. Louis, MO, completing a series of monoprints that combined her painting and collage methods with a variety of printmaking techniques. Continuing to explore these printmaking techniques, she has collaborated on two editions with Shoestring Press in Brooklyn, NY in 2017 and 2018. Solis is one of 30 artists featured in the book Collage: Contemporary Artists Hunt and Gather, Cut and Paste, Mash Up and Transform (Chronicle Books, 2014) and one of 45 featured artists in the recent publication A BIG IMPORTANT ART BOOK (NOW WITH WOMEN): Profiles of Unstoppable Female Artists--and Projects to Help You Become One (Running Press, 2018).
Recent exhibitions include: Crawl into the shapes the shadow takes, WRONG Gallery in Marfa, TX (2018); Mujeres del Sur / Women from The South, The Union HTX in Houston, TX (2018); At Large: Part 2, Reyes Project in Birmingham, MI (2018); Shaped by Subtraction, BOX 13 Artspace in Houston, TX (2017); Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO (2017); We must build as if the sand were stone, South Texas College Library Gallery, McAllen, TX (2016); Rivers of our Vision, Lawndale Art Center in Houston, TX (2013); Summer Invitational, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York City, NY; Flatlander, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO (2015); New Art in Austin: 20 to Watch, Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX (2008). In addition to her studio practice, she is on the Programming Committee of Boss Babes ATX and manages and spins records with the Austin chapter of Chulita Vinyl Club.