For the theme of 2012, Austin-based artist Lacey Richter wanted something that spoke to the indigenous culture and mythology of Mexico, but also something that spoke to her beliefs about 2012 and reflected the nature of her work as an artist.
“I do not believe 2012 will be the end of the world per se, but rather the beginning or rebirth of our hearts individually and hopefully collectively. Many shifts are occurring at this time within nature, natural disasters, technology, the state of the world, and the economy.”
While attending Texas Tech University, Richter studied abroad in Mexico and was inspired by how much the general population moves and works with their hands. In her words, art is naturally a part of daily life there. To Richter, art serves as a “space and opportunity to make life a bit more poetic – to learn a little more about ourselves and our hearts and how we process things, how we feel, how we connect, or even disconnect.”