Cristina Velázquez is known for repurposing discarded materials such as cardboard, clothing catalogs, and plastic bags to educate the public about the hazards of landfill trash. Velázquez was born in Michoacán, Mexico and moved to California in 1987. She earned a BFA from San José State University. Her latest exhibitions include the exhibition Women’s History Month at De Anza Foothill College; the 2012 Chicana/o Biennial at MACLA; the Cubberley Artists Studios group exhibition at the Meridian Gallery in San Francisco; and a show at the Euphrat Museum at De Anza College. Her work is part of private collections in Palo Alto, Mountain View, and San José. Velázquez currently works at the Cubberley Artist Studios in Palo Alto. For more information, visit: cristinavelazquez.com.
Cells on Slide Plates (2014), mixed-media
Cristina’s delicate piece references pointillism, a technique most practiced at the end of the 19th century, where colored dots, rather than long strokes, created an image. With this technique, Velázquez loosely evokes cellular structures, constellations, and underwater creatures. This technique also allows her to be spontaneous and to create within a relaxing, meditative state. Mark-making on discarded photography slide plates (whose purpose is to shield a negative image from light) highlights their quality as a beautiful substrate, a blank canvas ready for new interpretations. The artist’s commitment to the environment is also reflected in her use of repurposed and recycled materials.