Filigrana Canvas—“Everyday Crosses (Nuestras Cruces de Cada Dia)”
Rita Flores de Wallace created wall piece, “Everyday Crosses” or (Nuestras Cruces de Cada Dia),” in the technique called “filigrana” in Mexico. The original filigrana (filigree) were pieces of jewelry made with wires. In Mexico, artists used pen and “China ink” for a drawn form of filigrana, and Rita Flores de Wallace learned this technique from one of her teachers. While filigrana drawing is not common now, Rita likes to keep up her practice of the art form.
Rita explains that in “Nuestras Cruces de Cada Dia,” she has drawn four crosses (one inside another). Each cross stands for a problem or sacrifice (which could also be considered a blessing) that a person might have in one day. Rita has used permanent black markers to draw her design on canvas. She has surrounded the self-framed piece with a crocheted rope of black synthetic yarn. The piece is 21 in. high and 17 in. wide.
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