Changarrito with Cat Barrera

Aug. 4, 2020

Aug. 4, 2020 @ 12:00 pm Aug. 31, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Cover image artwork: (Closeup) Cat Barrera, Emotional Surfer, Digital Art , 24″ x 24″, 2020

Support our August 2020 Changarrito Artist, Cat Barrera! In the spirit of Changarrito, the pop-up mobile art gallery where artists can sell their work to the public, Changarrito with Cat Barrera allows the artist to bring their work to you. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for updates on original work available for purchase as well as behind the scenes of the artist’s work, space, and creative process.

About the Artist: 

Cat Barrera is a 27 year Digital Pop Surrealist born in the Texas Hill Country. Daughter of Mexican immigrants, her travels between the US and Mexico have greatly influenced her spiritual beliefs by combining Catholicism with the occult and it’s influenced her vibrant color palette. Her love for anime and cartoons sparked her interest in drawing at a young age leading to painting and finally settling into the digital world of art. Currently, Cat has an associates degree in Graphic Design from Austin Community College and currently freelancing as an illustrator and self taught animator. Cat’s art has been used and displayed as poster art in various music venues throughout Austin where she currently resides.

Artist Statement 

“My work explores the relationship between spirituality and mental health in the feminine realm. With influences as diverse as Japanese anime, pop surrealism, the occult, Texas fashion, and music, it reflects the journey into the spiritual realm as a means to cope with mental illness.”

About Changarrito Project:

Changarrito is an art vending cart, conceptualized by artist Maximo Gonzalez as an alternative to the official gallery selection presented by the Mexican cultural authorities. Faithful to their original, informal spirit, Changarritos exist throughout the world, evolving as forums for the sale of original artwork to the general public, presentation of public programs, special curatorial projects, individual and collective exhibitions. True to the Mexic-Arte Museum’s mission, the Changarrito is dedicated to the presentation and promotion of contemporary Latinx and Latin American art. 

Changarrito vending cart:

True to the Mexic-Arte Museum’s mission, the Changarrito is dedicated to the presentation and promotion of contemporary Latina/o and Latin American art. Artists will have the opportunity to sell their art on the Changarrito cart in front of the Museum (or an offsite location, as a representative for the Museum during various Austin art festivals) while keeping 100% of sales. For each Changarrito artist, the Museum purchases a work of art to acquire for its permanent collection. The time commitment is four days over two weekends, Saturday and Sunday 12 – 3 pm.

Presenting Changarrito’s virtual component:

As of Spring 2020, the Mexic-Arte Museum has added a virtual component to the Changarrito Artist Residency, allowing Changarrito artists to not only showcase their artwork on the Changarrito vending cart, but also to the museum’s Facebook and Instagram audience for the month the Changarrito Artist Residency takes place. Artists are allowed to showcase themselves or artwork through ten to twelve Facebook and Instagram posts for the entire month and get the chance to be interviewed via an Instagram Live interview by Mexic-Arte Museum’s Curator Of Exhibitions and Director Of Programs, Isabel Servantez during the last Tuesday or Thursday of the month. The Instagram Live interview is optional. 

Chosen artists will be able to display their artwork, create video and picture posts, sell their artwork, and walk us through their artistic process throughout the month. Rules on posting: 3 posts per week for a total of 10 – 12 posts for the whole month, via Mexic-Arte Museum’s Instagram account (@mexic_arte) and Facebook account (@mexicarte).

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