Rocio Heredia, Designer Metalsmith - Traditional Metalwork Techniques of Chasing and Repousse. Artist of the Mexican Contemporary Generation.
For people standing in front of an icon image, there should be a mystical and spiritual experience, the union of human and divine. An icon must be felt, not only seen, because it's the only way it can transmit the message it has within it.
Metallic Art Exhibition
MARIANA FIGUEROA/El Norte Newspaper . May 18, 2001, Monterrey, Mexico
The metal has
been inspiration base for the artist Rocio Heredia who has transformed
metal fragments in more than 30 pieces of art in which, with relieves,
textures and ornaments deeply detailed, from Virgins, saints and symbols
representing Jewish and catholic religions.
Art Metal Show
MARIANA FIGUEROA/ El Norte Newspaper. May 21, 2001, Monterrey, Mexico
Her first work combines oleo painting in the faces of the religious characters and applications of gold sheet and fantasy stones. Non-the less, the artist has redefined her work and, in her last pieces of art the most relevant base has been reposed faces.
"I like to fight with the metal until I get what I want' Heredia says and "I like the Jewish and Catholics because sine I was a child I studied in religious schools and God always has been in my life".
A characteristic of Heredia's art, who is member of the Society of American Silversmiths and the Society of North American Goldsmiths, US organizations formed by metal artists, is the attention to detail, 'the smallest the better', she says. Bachelor in Psychology from Regiomontana University in Monterrey, Mexico, the artist will present her art for the first time before she goes to New York where she will take a seminar with Valentin Yotkov, a very important and recognized artist in metal". "I will go to study techniques to work with wider metals; I want to start working on cooper, silver and gold in the future". "Chestokova Black Virgin, Guadalupe Virgin, King David and Antonio de Padua are some of the pieces that compose the exposition".
Makes art with saints, virgins and angels
Mario Prado Cabrera/ El Porvenir Newspaper, Monterrey, Mexico, Friday 1st of June 2001
Her inspiration is not only based on metal beauty but in religious motives that have driven her to reflect it in a series of icons where saints, virgins and angels come up. As Rocio Heredia says, her education in catholic schools offers her the opportunity to access to the beauty of Christian images. Vladimir and Nuestra Señora del Rocio virgins are two of this art pieces that Monterrey people will have the opportunity to see in Loyola Cultural Center in Divine Inspiration Exposition beginning 24th of may. The exposition consists in 44 pieces of art and triptychs where her own inspiration takes place to make them.
"At the beginning I started making stationary and the by curiosity experimented with metal, which I found more interesting" says Rocio. Her work has been observed internationally, she is member of the American Silversmiths and North American Goldsmiths, US organizations formed by metal artists". "My first contact with this technique gave me an idea of richness of metalwork". Then she was developing a series of her own interpretations without leaving apart the religious motives on her artwork. "I started making Statement Cards and the I was elaborating faces and hands, which show the biggest expressions of the pieces".
She revealed that her work is mainly based on tin but also in brass sheets and gold leaf. It takes from one day up to a month to create a single piece. "Actually my own interpretation and creativeness depend on two old techniques (Chasing and Repoussé) that require the ability to imagine, create, draw a draft and the correct use of the tools".
Expone su Inspiración
LAURA TIJERINA/Periódico El Norte Edición Sierra Madre. June 2001, Garza García, Nuevo León
Además, agregó que toda pieza de arte representa la expresión del espíritu siendo posible plasmar y comunicar esta expresión a través de una determinada y específica técnica. La elaboración de las obras comenzó alrededor de 4 años y medio, cuando se interesó en la técnica repoussé.
"Mi primer contacto con esta técnica me dio una idea de la riqueza del arte en metal, revelando en mi una sensibilidad hacia las Artes Visuales" comentó la artista.
La autora, Psicóloga de profesión de la Universidad Regiomontana y miembro de la Society of American Silversmiths y de la Society of North American Goldsmiths, organizaciones estadounidenses que reúnen artistas y artesanos del metal, tiene como plan a largo plazo estudiar en Nueva York más sobre el metal.