With a total of 25 pieces of engraving that are part of the collection “Gráfica del Campo: Cultivating the Yakima Valley”, the Boxx Gallery in Tieton dressed up to receive the talent of the plastic artist, Christie Tirado, who has dedicated his work to highlight the tireless work of agricultural workers.
Although the artist masters the technique of engraving, she also explores other disciplines such as linoleum and painting, and in this exhibition she includes two pieces of high relief that are part of her most recent creation, from “our essential workers of the Yakima Valley”, such as the named Tirado, since in them, he said, he makes a special distinction to the work of women in the field.
The ribbon cutting and opening toast was held on June 5, among a selection of pieces that will also be for sale in order to raise funds to help a couple of organizations.
In an interview, Tirado spoke of the importance of this exhibition in which he pays tribute to agricultural workers in the state of Washington. “It is like reflecting myself or someone very dear to me, because they are also in charge of bringing the essentials of our food to our tables,” she said with emotion.
He explained that this sample is for sale and that part of the resources obtained will be used to support the United Workers for Justice union, to whom it will grant 25 percent of the profits, as well as to the Highland Food Bank to the that 30 percent of each piece will be donated.
The pieces that make up this exhibition are worked in small and medium formats and the curation process was completely in charge of the artist, with the advice of the director of the Boxx Gallery, Jackie Prout and her assistant Susan Harris.
The exhibition will remain until Sunday June 27, on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm and during this time the entrance to the gallery will be free for visitors.
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The plastic artist mentioned that after this exhibition she plans to take a tour of different agricultural fields to capture with her art the activity of workers in the state of Washington and, perhaps in the future, to be able to do a more global work in other entities of the country.
“I am going to continue creating, I am going to continue exposing and capturing the work of our peasants through my lens and translate it into works of art through engraving,” he said.
Tirado commented that part of his job is to get all the government orders and associations involved in the field work involved because it would allow them to work together, seeking improvements in this important sector of the community.
The artist announced that she is ready to show her proposal outside the country and would like to do it in Mexico, especially in the state of Oaxaca, where she was last summer collaborating in the Zapata studio, where engraving is being done and had the opportunity to create one of the pieces exhibited in this collection.
“My work is already being recognized not only in the state of Washington, and I feel that I am already prepared to show it outside the country,” he said, mentioning that he will seek to carry out exchanges in engraving centers in some states of Mexico, such as Chiapas and Colima. where great international plastic artists have done their work.
Tirado was born in Los Angeles, California, is the daughter of immigrant parents and from a very young age has lived in the state of Washington where she studied and discovered her great love for the fine arts.
Although her parents live in Seattle, she decided to move to the Yakima Valley, to dedicate herself to teaching children at Union Gap Elementary School, where she works with children from kindergarten through fifth year, with whom she explores knowledge through the different art area. In the afternoons, when he goes home, he focuses on his artistic work and finds inspiration in his engraving studio, from where works as important as those exhibited in this exhibition have emerged.