Memories of "Cerros"
When I close my eyes and think of a place in which I find myself surrounded by nature an immediate image that comes to my mind are the mountains or “cerros” in Chile. Growing up in the countryside, the mountains were part of our close environment; our house was on the skirts of the “cerro”. My sister and I used to climb it and from there we screamed loud to let my dad know we had arrived safely. Once on the top, we spent long afternoons just running up and down the hill until we fell down of exhaustion. After we had rested, we walked back home while picking blackberries to peace our hunger. The embroidery piece represents part of these memories: the mountains, the creek and the flowers that my mom grew in her garden.
Rosario Galvez is a Textile artist and Special Education teacher. She uses textile to express social justice issues, as well as a medium to reclaim her indigenous identity from South America. She worked as an artist in residence in the textile studio at Harbourfront. She was recipient of the Canada Craft Council for the Arts in 2004 for which she created a series of woven body size pieces representing the disappeared during the dictatorship regime in Chile. Rosario finds textile a versatile medium, which allows her to use different materials to convey stories that uncover systems of oppression.