Romina Del Castillo

Aguayo #2, 2018
Rye straw on wood panel
24 x 12 in (60.96 x 30.48 cm)
Romina Del Castillo was born in Lima, Peru, raised in Santiago de Chile, and immigrated to the United States at the age of 16. In her latest series, Maimantataj Kanki? (Quechua for “Where are you from?”) Castillo is inspired by traditional Andean aguayos, rectangular woven textiles used by the indigenous people to keep warm and to carry all manner of burdensome loads from groceries to children. The distinct straw marquetry technique Del Castillo employs, originally developed in 18th century Europe, is the art and craft of applying pieces of veneer to a structure to form decorative patterns, designs or pictures. Del Castillo has recently begun to utilize this marquetry technique to create “ribbons” from straw. The final textile-like image invites the viewer to imagine caressing the colorful surface, a celebration of indigenous design and European ingenuity.
Aguayo #2 by Romina Del Castillo

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