Linda Aguilar

2011 Eric and Barbara Dobkin Native Artist Fellow

Linda AguilarLinda Aguilar2011 Eric and Barbara Dobkin Fellow
Linda Aguilar
Thinking “Outside the Basket”Thinking “Outside the Basket”Linda Aguilar, 2011 Eric and Barbara Dobkin Fellow“Going Vegas”“Going Vegas”Linda Aguilar, 2011 Eric and Barbara Dobkin Fellow
Thinking “Outside the Basket”“Going Vegas”

Chumash basketmaker Linda Aguilar uses traditional techniques to create her unique horsehair and waxed thread baskets. Explaining this unusual blend, she notes, “There is a stigma to basketmakers: ‘traditional’ or ‘nontraditional.’ I am both. I work with horsehair and waxed thread, which are nontraditional materials. I approach the weaving with tradition. I respect the many generations of ancestral basketmakers.” While at SAR, Aguilar worked on several baskets that came together to form two installations titled “Going Vegas” and “Thinking Hat (Shades of Chagall).”

Aguilar has been featured in many exhibitions, such as “100 of America’s Best Studio Craft Artists Since 1945,” at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery, and the traveling exhibits “Changing Hands: Art Without Reservations” and “Intertwined: Contemporary Baskets from the Sara and David Lieberman Collection.” In addition, her works have been given as gifts to several Nobel Peace Prize winners, such as Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Find out more about Linda Aguilar by visiting the SAR website (opens in new browser window).

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