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Sarita Westrup

Sarita Westrup

“I grew up on the border, not understanding my Americanness very clearly,” says Westrup. When she started making art, identity and geography kept showing up as themes. She often uses some combination of materials—like bottles, arches, eggs, and cement—to explore the borderlands she’s from. She traces her love of textiles to the border’s souvenir culture. “As a kid, we would go to Mexico, and I would come back with a little tela, a little purse, something we could afford…something I could keep and remember. My work comes from a place of personal experience, a way for me to reflect on my home. It’s not always based on data, numbers, or news. And, just as the border is a place of contradiction, The work holds all of that contradiction inside of it.”

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