Hombres de Arcilla (Men of Clay)
About two years ago, I started working on a project that I called “Hombres de Arcilla” (Men of Clay). This project honors the missing students from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero (a state in southern Mexico). By creating hand built clay masks, art installations and music, I hope to shed light on the disappearance of these 43 students. For me, clay represents the fragility of life, yet the resilience of the human spirit.
The mask as a symbol in my work honors my Mexican heritage. In pre-hispanic cultures, masks had a strong connection with rituals of life and death. I hope that by giving faces to the disappeared, their memory may live on.
The creation of these clay masks has been a major undertaking and it wouldn’t have been possible without the help and guidance of several people, including Meagan Van Ahn, Iva Smith (Supermud Pottery in Manhattan), Barbara Reeley (Monroe Clayworks) and Tim Scull (Canton Clayworks), to whom I’m deeply grateful for sharing their talent and passion.
This collection will be presented at The Point Campus for the Arts in Bronx, NYC, NY. I hope you will join me for the Opening Reception on Saturday, April 22nd, 2017. For more information about the exhibit, please visit: http://www.albertovillalobos.com/save-the-date/