Artwork by Vicky Lowe - Exhibit runs from May 30 to Aug 4, 2023.
ARTIST BIO: Vicky Lowe was born in Chiapas, Mexico, and relocated to Salt Lake City, Utah in 2003. She earned her BA in Spanish and a minor in Latin American Studies from the University of Utah, and her Master's in “Advanced Studies in Hispanic and Latin American Literature” from the University of Barcelona. She is an Art and Spanish teacher in Salt Lake City. Vicky has received artist awards and has exhibited her work in various museums in Salt Lake City, at the Centro Cultural Tijuana, Mexico, and many Mexican consulates across the nation.
Vicky’s artistic practice focuses on continuing Indigenous stories, knowledge, and practices. She illustrates the relationship between culture, nature, sustainability, and social justice. She aims to highlight ancestral foods and cultural memories that are part of the diaspora. She enjoys painting with oils, acrylic, paper-making, and collage.
ARTIST STATEMENT: Visual art has been my way to connect with the world around me, an intrinsic relationship with nature and stories. The need to express my thoughts by creating art is innate. It’s a voice that insists on coming out through words, organic lines, shapes, colors, and symbols, saturating spaces with movements, textures, and patterns. From a young age, I taught myself how to paint and create collages in order to convey my world.
My work is highly influenced by my personal history. Growing up as the daughter of a Maya Tseltal mother and a father who worked in archeology, I have experienced various aspects of modern-day and ancient Maya traditions. My maternal grandparents were my first guides in using art as a tool for the preservation of ancestral knowledge. For these reasons my art combines contemporary and ancient Maya visual elements. Memories of the Land explores the connection between food, land, and power through storytelling. The paintings included in this exhibition show how my need to tell stories has become the umbilical cord that connects me to my homeland, my memories, it feeds my spirit as it helps me build community. The central purpose of my art is focused on fighting against the erasure of Indigenous stories. I use art as a platform to amplify the diverse identities of immigrant populations, to highlight the cultures, traditions, and knowledge of the various Maya groups.
|Mon, May 29||Closed|
|Tue, May 30||10:00AM to 8:00PM|
|Wed, May 31||10:00AM to 8:00PM|
|Thu, Jun 01||10:00AM to 8:00PM|
|Fri, Jun 02||10:00AM to 6:00PM|
|Sat, Jun 03||10:00AM to 6:00PM|
|Sun, Jun 04||11:00AM to 5:00PM|
NOTE: The Main Library's Rooftop Terrace is closed through 2022 for repairs and renovations.
Salt Lake City's Main Library, designed by internationally-acclaimed architect Moshe Safdie in conjunction with VCBO Architecture, opened in February 2003 and remains one of the most architecturally unique structures in Utah. This striking 240,000 square-foot structure houses more than 500,000 books and other materials, yet serves as more than just a repository of books and computers. It reflects and engages the city's imagination and aspirations. The structure embraces a public plaza, with shops and services at ground level, reading galleries above, and a 300-seat auditorium.
A multi-level reading area along the Glass Lens at the southern facade of the building looks out onto the plaza with stunning views of the city and Wasatch Mountains beyond. Spiraling fireplaces on four floors resemble a column of flame from the vantage of 200 East and 400 South. The Urban Room between the Library and the Crescent Wall is a space for all seasons, generously endowed with daylight and open to magnificent views.