Rica Maestas “Tortilla Baby” – Performance Art
In late July and August Axle Contemporary will present a series of performance art at the Axle mobile artspace. Each weekend will be a different artist and a different performance. The series will be a unique way to present the many ways in which artists work within the context of performance as an artform. The artists will invoke poetry, songwriting, storytelling, theatre, textile, dance, drawing, and sculpture as components of their performance art over the course of six weeks.
Tortilla Baby ruminates on birth and belonging, as well as the fraught yet intimate relationship between parents and children. How do we become a part of the rich, complicated, and varied cultural landscape here in New Mexico? Through our heritage, our experiences, our deliberate choices, or is it something else entirely? This piece explores these questions in a tenderly absurd process of viviparity, where the artist will be built in to an horno-like structure in order to be born (or perhaps escape).
Maestas is a burqueña artist, author, educator, and social practitioner from Albuquerque. In her creative practice, she is interested in vulnerability, whimsical connections, and finding the ‘plenty’ in ‘not enough.’ She has received numerous grants for her creative work, curated independent, experimental exhibitions as well as institutional projects, published written ruminations in diverse forums, and exhibited visual art and performance pieces nationwide. Maestas holds an MA from Brown in Public Humanities and a BA from USC in narrative studies/cognitive science/design. In addition to pursuing her own creative art practice, Maestas coordinates digital communications & membership at SITE Santa Fe, and programs at Vital Spaces.