During a travel to Mexico in 2017, I discovered the works of wood carving sculptors who create figurines named Alebrijes. These colorful animal hybrids have a powerful presence. I created this drawing series in homage to the work of Luis Pablo, my favorite wood carver from Oaxaca.
The 9 models are based on sculptures from the artist, they are all hand drawn and printed with Risograph. The Risograph is a machine that works like something between screen-printing and photocopy. The ink used in it is made out of rice bran oil. The manual character of the printing process allows small alterations to happen, making each exemplar unique. I choose it for this aspect, and for its vivid and bright colors.
THE IMPORTANT PART OF THE PROJECT
20 CHF per print sold will be donated to the Mexxa Foundation, an organization under the aegis of Fondation de France, whose program “Objectif Lune" allows young Mexican women in vulnerable social situations to pursue university studies. The foundation has regular direct contact with each bursary recipient, and they work closely with local association to ensure each one of them is receiving the support they need.
This contribution will be dedicated to fund the university studies of one of their existing scholarship beneficiaries in Oaxaca.
Please check out the link below if you’d like to know more about the Mexxa Foundation:
28 ALEBRIJES HAVE BEEN ADOPTED
AND 560 CHF COLLECTED
FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP!
THANK YOU ♡ ♡ ♡
THE PRACTICAL STUFF
- Delivery costs are included in all prices.
(standard Swiss rates)
- Available are ten copies per subject max.
- Each print is numbered and signed.
- Due to the nature of the objects and the project, no refund nor exchange policy applies.
* all frames and other objects present on the display pictures are not included in the prices.
My name is Vanessa. I am based in Switzerland, where I work as co-curator at the Südpol Live Arts Center in Luzern. My personal work normally evolves between set design and installations.
This is my first illustration series. It came to life thanks to the funny combination between a failed love story with a Oaxaqueno and my longtime dream to contribute to support young people from low income families who wish to study. I had the chance to study in Switzerland and abroad thanks to public funding. It has been so far one of the biggest present I received from life, and now I would like to contribute to make it available for others too.
Thank you for adopting one alebrije of this series and to support indipendent work from an enthusiastic maker !