Simpson Lecture Hall · Free Admission
Puech Ikots (which translates as “Words of Our People” in the Huave, or Ikoots, language of Oaxaca, Mexico) is a joint Mexican-American art project and collective created to contribute to the self-determination and economic independence of indigenous pueblos in Oaxaca, as well as promote the art and culture of Oaxaca. The founder of Puech Ikots, Carlos Orozco, is a Oaxacan of Ikoots descent who founded the organization in 2009 order to provide opportunities to artisans and artists in pueblos found in various areas of the state of Oaxaca.
In this public workshop at the Loyola University Museum of Art, Carlos will focus on the traditional art style of the alebrije. Alebrijes are brightly colored Oaxacan folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures, hand carved from wood and hand painted. Carlos will discuss the cultural significance and history of alebrijes. He will explain the process of alebrije creation, from the harvesting, preparation and treating of the wood to the carving and painting of the final work. He will also talk about the Puech Ikots project itself — its history, its goals, and the artists who make up its members. Finally, he will demonstrate the wood carving technique employed by artists to create alebrijes.