Sarita Westrup is an emerging artist and arts educator from the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Sarita teaches fiber workshops throughout the southwest and has been invited to teach at the Penland School of Crafts this summer. Along with maintaining her individual practice, Sarita works collaboratively with artist Analise Minjarez under the name Tierra Firme. Tierra Firme spent August 2016 as Arts in the Park volunteers at the Guadalupe Mountains National Park in Salt Flat, TX. Sarita has exhibited hers works at , form & concept, Box 13 Artspace, and Kirk Hopper Gallery. She currently lives and works in Dallas,Texas
My home on the Texas-Mexico border is an indispensable stimulant to my work because it is a place that complicates ideas of boundaries and culture. Landscape and devotional iconography are a prominent part of the border region and an inspiration to my bicultural aesthetics. I continue to investigate the effects of geography on the human experience of culture while placing an emphasis on land, food, and barriers. As a visual artist working in fibers, I employ the use of ordinary materials to create sculptures, installations, and wall works as a way to pay respect and sustain a relationship with the place I identity with. Working from memory of the Texas-Mexico border experience, I combine materials such as spices, rocks, natural dyes and woven techniques intuitively. I choose all my materials for their cultural relevance and their ability to transport the viewer to the landscape of the border region.