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This work is a representation of traditional Mexican dress and textiles. The sculpture is completely made out of ceramics with fabric trim on the ends.

Cost: $300

Year Created: 2022

Materials: Ceramics, Fabric

Signed: Yes


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About the Artist

Selena Medellin is a ceramicist originally from the West Side of St. Paul, currently based out of Mankato, Minnesota. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2021 and her Master of Art in 2023 from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Specializing in ceramics and mixed media sculpture, Selena creates work that echoes the traditions learned growing up in a first generation Mexican-American home. In the organic ceramic forms I create, I provide a look into memories of growing up with my late grandfather, a first generation Mexican-American. Our house was adorned with Mexican paintings, an altar for those that had passed, and traditional textiles such as sarapes, rugs, and blankets. I learned stories of our ancestors, the myths and legends of our native land, and that you must celebrate both life and death. I use the combination of ceramics and mixed media to convey both the vibrancy and solemnity of Mexican tradition. In my work, I reference Aztec Gods and Goddesses, Mexican textiles, and the celebration of Dia de Los Muertos. My sculptures depict both the memories I have, and my desire to maintain growth in the relationship with my heritage.