ELIZABETH JIMENEZ MONTELONGO
The Euphoric Dance of the Unconquered Mind
The Frank-Ratchye Project Space is excited to present a new exhibition by studio artist Elizabeth Jiménez Montelongo.
The Euphoric Dance of the Unconquered Mind features textured oil paintings of Mexika dancers that exude movement, energy, and power to celebrate the continued tradition of Indigenous dance ceremony. To create the work, Elizabeth Jiménez Montelongo crops and combines her own photographs of dancers in movement and renders the composition on canvas, applying paint with a palette knife for a thick impasto. This work is based on Mexika dancers from the San Francisco Bay Area, in acknowledgment of the living culture-keepers who preserve and practice Indigenous traditions in the 21st century, across social and political borders. The vibrantly colored paintings celebrate mental liberation and honor our Indigenous ancestors.
Second Saturday Reception
February 11 | 7–9 pm
February 10 – March 20, 2023
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Elizabeth Jiménez Montelongo is a visual artist, poet, and facilitator. Her artwork has been exhibited across the United States. She received an Honorable Mention from the Santa Clara Cultural Commission and Triton Museum of Art. Elizabeth earned a BFA in Pictorial Art and a BA in French from San José State University. Her solo shows have been featured at SJSU, the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, La Peña Cultural Center, and Centro de Artes Gallery (2022).