Virgen de los Caminos

  • Consuelo Jiménez Underwood, Virgen de los Caminos, 1994, embroidered and quilted cotton and silk with graphite, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1996.77

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Consuelo Jiménez Underwood created Virgen de los Caminos (Virgin of the Roads) to reflect the struggles of Mexicans looking for opportunity in the United States. In the center of the quilt, she embroidered the Virgin of Guadalupe, to whom the travelers pray as they make the dangerous crossing. The barbed wire symbolizes the literal border between the two countries that separates insiders from outsiders, while the flowers at the corners refer to Mexican festivals and holidays. The word caution and the image of a running family appear throughout the background, but are stitched in nearly invisible white thread. Underwood added these details to suggest that undocumented immigrants are invisible in the eyes of United States citizens. (Yorba, Arte Latino, Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2001)

Luce Object Quote
"I am a colonized indigenous artist that speaks with the authentic voice of the universal woman . . . el Hilo (Thread). With formal grace and beauty, I express the quiet rage that has permeated the indigenous culture of the Americas for over five hundred years." Underwood, October 2004
Title
Virgen de los Caminos
Artist
Date
1994
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
58 x 36 in. (147.3 x 91.4 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase

Mediums
Mediums Description
embroidered and quilted cotton and silk with graphite
Classifications
Keywords
  • Allegory – civic – injustice
  • Figure – fragment – skeleton
  • Religion – New Testament – Mary
  • State of being – evil – imprisonment
Object Number
1996.77
Palette
Linked Open Data
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