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Ask a ¡NUEVOlution! Artist | Rosa Murillo
We are pleased to introduce the artists who have contributed works of art to ¡NUEVOlution! These talented artists represent the NUEVO South, as well as Cuba, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and many other countries. Their work expresses their experiences, stories and inspirations, from their home countries to their new homes in the South.
¡NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South is on display now and includes complementary programming throughout its 13-month duration. You can see a list of all our programs on the Museum calendar.
Meet ¡NUEVOlution! Artist: Rosa Murillo
What is Found Art Tuesday?
I developed it when I moved to Charlotte. It came from the need to make a connection through art with the people of a new city in a different language than my own. I experimented with breaking the barriers of culture and language through this art project where I made a new piece of art every week and left it behind in a public place, many times anonymously, with the intention to be found by someone else that would interpret it in their own way. I documented the pieces on my website where many times I was contacted by the person who found the piece, fulfilling the circle of interaction.
Where do you find inspiration for your art?
As a visual artist and architect, my inspiration comes from architecture and the color and organic shapes in nature.
How do you demonstrate your Latin American roots through work?
I grew up in a world where family is important, where you are aware of the needs and desires of your friends, with a backdrop of music, color and great food. I think my work reflects my upbringing and my deep love to my roots.
What’s your favorite piece of work?
My favorite piece of art that I've made is a series of portrait boxes that I made of women from my extended family. This includes my grandmother, aunt, mom and my cousin. Each person’s portrait is painted in a cigar box, but I made it in a way that looks like an altar. Special items that these family members gave me were also added in each of the boxes. I made these pieces after I came to live in the United States when I was in a period of mourning the separation from these close relationships.
What do I want people to learn from my art?
I want to explore the paradox of forgetting and remembering where one comes from. We are no longer who we were when we left our home country, and we may sometimes forget who we were back then. As immigrants, we are a mix of translators stuck in the middle of two generations. One of our parents might be deeply rooted in Latin America, while the other one is deeply rooted in North America.
About Rosa Murillo
Rosa Murillo creates paintings, murals, drawings, mixed media and jewelry. Her paintings are notable for their finish and tactile nature. She likes to involve the viewer in a way that is sometimes physical. Her works directly responds to the surrounding environment by using every day experiences as a starting point. Often these are framed instances that would go unnoticed in their original context. She currently lives and works in Charlotte, NC.
Be sure to check back each week for new stories and insights on ¡NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South.