The Evolution of the Burden Hat

The “Burden Hat” made its debute at my exhibition “nevertheless: She Persisted” @ the Durango Arts Center. My exhibition focused on the theme of gender-based burdens. It spoke about burdens which disproportionately impact women such as poverty, domestic violence, body image and political inequality.  In my artworks, some of the women carry organic forms on their heads. The organic forms are inspired by the rock formations at the Bisti Badlands south of Farmington, NM. Those same rock formations later served as inspiration for the “burden hat”. If one could give visual form to their psychological burdens, what would they look like in the abstract? This is how the “burden hat” evolved. I used it as part of my costume for my spoken word performance at the Durango Arts Center in March 2, 2018.

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Author: rosemarymezadesplas

Rosemary Meza-DesPlas is a Latina artist/writer/spoken word performer. She works in hand-sewn human hair, watercolor and drawing installations. She received an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a BFA from The University of North Texas. She has exhibited at Hoxton Arches Gallery, London, UK; Yorck Studios, Berlin, Germany; LuXun Academy of Fine Arts Art, Shenyang, China; Espace Kiron, Paris, France; A.I.R. Gallery, NYC; ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL and New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM. She presents papers about the visual arts at academic conferences; her areas of expertise are gender & women’s studies, Latino visual art and contemporary art. Ms. Meza-DesPlas incorporates props and costumes in her spoken word performances. In 2017 she has performed in Toronto, Canada at the Feminist Art Conference and at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, NM.

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