Samantha Manion-Chavez (b. 1994) is a transdisciplinary Latinx artist raised in Denver, Colorado and the pastoral countryside of southern Illinois. As a first generation college student she holds a BFA from the University of Colorado, Denver where she was awarded the EUReCA! Fellows Grant, followed by the Fulcrum Grant in 2021. Her work reanimates a transgenerational lineage of Colcha Embroidery that began in the rural desert of New Mexico more than five hundred years ago. Manion-Chavez recasts industrial and found materials to an equal dualism with traditional feminine crafts and immerses those works in an organic landscape. The tension between mediums signals the fragility and underlying vulnerability of the Natural World and its symbiotic tendencies with its inhabitants. Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Manion-Chavez addresses the ancestral home as the spiritual force of her practice.
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