Rosalie M. López
Rosalie M. López is an LA based artist whose artwork involves reforming cultural iconography using photographs gathered from her family and community. Her content often highlights influential figures or places to recognize the strength and influence of Los Angeles communities while also speaking about cultural and social expressions. She primarily uses printmaking, papel-picado, installation, and the altar/offering to relay experiences of survival, loss, and hope.
The Grand Aliso Sycamore Tree is a large scale, site specific installation of suspended cut paper and plastic, which imagines the Tongva-Yangna water canals and the grand Aliso sycamore tree resurrected in our current urbanized space. As an adult, Rosalie learned that the concrete channels she once rode my bike through as a child were water canal passages for transporting goods between the Chumash, Tongva, and Yangna natives. The grand sycamore tree, once existing in Downtown Los Angeles) was a focal meeting place for spiritual leaders and travelers. The artwork remembers the indigenous history utilizing a combination processes like traditional papel-picado and printmaking.
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