Current Location:
Pew Campus (Grand Rapids)
Building C (DEV) -> Richard M. DeVos Center
-> 2nd Floor (DEV; C)
Location Notes:
2nd Fl; South wall, right of main entry

Untitled (Village)

Artwork
Identifier:
2014.12.3
Artist:
Artist Unknown
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Acrylic on Fig Bark Paper
Date:
circa 2014
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 23.25 in Width: 15.75 in
Description:
Levels of stacked images. Seven houses in white, orange, blue, and yellow. People gathered in various areas and partaking in various activities. At the bottom, a large group of animals and a fish pond.
Historical Context:
Bark paintings such as this one have been produced in Mexico for a long time. Bark paper, also known as papel amate, is made using mulberry and fig trees depending on the desired darkness of the paper. This bark painting was produced using fig trees. In order to create the texture, the bark is washed, boiled, and laid in lines on a wooden board. The fibers are then beaten with a stone until they fuse together.