Consuelo Underwood

Consuelo Jimenez Underwood’s socially engaged fiber-arts practice addresses themes such as environmental justice, spirituality, immigration, and her Mexican and Indigenous heritage. After briefly pursuing painting in college, she began creating rebozos (traditional shawls worn by women in Mexico), tapestries, and quilts in the 1960s. Since then, she has incorporated politically and personally relevant materials like corn husks, barbed wire, and plastic bags into her weavings and installations, thereby producing a body of work that continually expands the formal and conceptual boundaries of fiber art.

Source: National Endowment for the Arts, American Craft Council