Dec 15, 2016

END OF A YEAR

I started to say END OF A STRANGE YEAR. Then thought, END OF AN INTENSE YEAR. END OF A BEAUTIFUL, ART-FILLED, AMAZING YEAR. END OF AN OUTRAGEOUS, APPALLING, DISMANTLING OF EVERYTHING WE KNOW YEAR. 

But all of these are true, so it's just the end of another year. Each December is for me, another ending, another beginning, due to my birthday being this month as well. 

2016 began with preparations for my solo exhibition at El Nigromante Bellas Artes, titled HILOS. (Threads)
Lena Bartula's HILOS exhibition, Bellas Artes, San Miguel de Allende
(photo credit: Hal Schade)

365 Huipiles for 2016, Lena Bartula, Bellas Artes, San Miguel de Allende
(photo credit: Hal Schade)

In July, I travelled to San Cristobal de las Casas, for a stint at the paper-making workshop Taller Leñateros. I was so inspired by the process, the town, and then, by the director, Javier, that he and I began to work towards an exhibition of HILOS. He secured all three salas at Casa de la Enseñaza, a spectacular cultural center in the heart of San Cris. It's set to open March 4, 2017.


Casa de la Enseñaza, San Cristobal de las Casas

And as I was enjoying a nice autumn vacation with the family, I got an invitation to show here in San Miguel with my friend Alberto Lenz, the director of Bellas Artes. He is a prolific painter, sculptor and jeweler, and I'm honored to be sharing an exhibition with him that runs from December 16 to February 13, at Bar Berlin. For this, I made new works, smaller and two-dimensional, for the first time in 5 years. Many of these are re-visioned, re-cycled works that were never resolved, but are now finally what they wanted to be.


Promotion for Armonías en Oposición / Opposing Harmonies

For now, it feels like the END OF A REMARKABLE YET UNREMARKABLE YEAR. I'm grateful for it, and for all my friends and supporters who continue to fill my life with abundance, frivolity, creativity, meaning and love.

Here's wishing you a KIND, LOVING, INSPIRING, PROSPEROUS AND HEALTHY 2017.