We had the good fortune of connecting with Mely Barragan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mely, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I am from the border, limits are penetrable. You learn a lot when your focus is local but your mentality is global.
We can’t loose our roots. We are here to expand horizons and to explore new ideas in our everyday life existence .
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I was born between two cultures Tijuana/San Diego. I consider myself a multidisciplinary artists. From works on paper to three dimensional sculptural installations. Always combining the emotional, conceptual and social aspects in my life in my work.
As a self taught artist, discipline has been always a constant attitude in my practice. I think studio time it is the most important time for all artists.
I learn that art is more important than the artist. The art world isn’t the most important aspect of art, art is bigger than money. Don’t get fooled. We must have other values towards our name and life.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I will just bring them over the border to se the contrast of cultures between them. Of course there are amazing places in all the region but our favorite is Vallecitos. This land is a virgin land and has an amazing view of what once was a Wild West.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to mention Centro de Humanidades (CEHU), an amazing none profit institution that once help educate the generation of artists that I belong to. from its director Carmen Garcia and all of those involved: Olga Margarita Davila, Felipe Ehrenberg, Carlos Zerpa, Ery Camara, Javier Ramirez Limón , Álvaro Blancarte, Marta Palau among others great teachers. This little huge effort created the TJ art scene in the 90´s.
To my life partner and fellow colleague & visual artist Daniel Ruanova, for our shared commitment to following our dreams.
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