The dynamic and eclectic body of work in the CAFAM retrospective of Dora De Larios celebrates 50 years of the artist’s work and life. A native Angelino, Larios grew up in a downtown neighborhood where Japanese and Mexican cultures co-existed. Her exposure to diverse cultures, religions, and art runs like an artery through Larios’ own work that embraces the viewer in a rich tapestry that delicately weaves the earthly and the surreal, the utterly fantastical and the escape into reverie.
The exhibit Suenos/Yume translates to “dreams” in both Spanish and Japanese, further reiterating Larios’ sentiment that like dreams, art is a shared and unique experience. Perhaps of all Larios’s work, which are demonstrative of a high skill set, a whimsical eye, and unwavering attention to detail, the large plaque titled “My Life” (1967) is the most revealing. Shaped like an egg that just cracked the yolk of suspicion over our heads, the stoneware represents the artist looking at her own life as she tries to understand herself, the person in a shell within a shell whose perception changes every year. Larios offers that “you must be still to listen to the stories” uttered by each piece in the retrospective- she’s right. Be still to listen and you will find that which you are seeking.
~ A. Moret
(Images: Courtesy of the artist and Craft and Folk Art Museum)