Tierra Firme is the project-based collaboration
of Analise Minjarez and Sarita Westrup.
These daughters of the border region also pursue individual artist practices grounded in Fibers + Sculpture.
Tierra Firme speaks to their identity as women born and raised on the border of Texas & Mexico. Their project-based installation explores issues of duality, authenticity, cultural geography, and migration. Through creating artworks that respond to the physical landscape of the region, Tierra Firme reflects on the bicultural aesthetics of their border home. Together they provide two perspectives from either end of the Texas-Mexico border region (Minjarez from El Paso and Westrup from McAllen), emphasizing the idea of collective cultural identity. Recently, Tierra Firme was awarded the 2017 Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough Fund Award from the Dallas Museum of Art. They have exhibited works at Brick Haus Studios in Denton, TX, Box 13 Artspace in Houston,TX, Pegasus Plaza, Oak Cliff Cultural Center, Latino Cultural Center, and Kirk Hopper Gallery in Dallas, TX.
For more works by Tierra Firme, please visit tierrafirmeproject.org.
Image: Roca Ruca, Tierra Firme, cement, foam, woven cotton cord, natural dyes: indigo & hibiscus flowers, 2014.