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Pilar Cote's avatar Pilar Cote

Living in Detroit in this moment has emotionally reconnected the artist to her early childhood and heritage through its inspirational community of Mexican artists. She has rediscovered the many wonderful flavors of her home country embedded deep in the city. Cote’s graphic format reflects the artist's significant interest in Manga illustration and the female form. The composition ‘Kitara’ has a child-like quality as a gesture of gratitude for the artist’s most positive early memories as a little girl living in Puebla, Mexico. These memories were her only connection to her culture while growing up in Canada. Vibrant colors were chosen to embody the brilliantly colorful tradition of Mexican art. The 14kt gold leaf is a reminder of the history of slavery at the hands of Spain and the roots of resistance to oppression that is inherent in Mexican culture. This piece represents the joy of childhood and the role childhood plays in self discovery, self-affirmation and self-empowerment.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 3/4 inches
  • Medium: Acrylic and Gold Leaf on Canvas
  • Width: 30 inches
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 40 inches