CUTURA is a fashion collection developed for “Dinámica”, an event organized by Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros in Mexico City in December 2015. This event was created to give space to fashion and textiles produced and / or designed in Mexico. The collection consists of 8 pieces inspired by the work of the mexican artist David Alfaro Siqueiros, who is known for his work on murals. The collection was created as a collaboration between Nayeli Vega and Kellen Mensing.
David Alfaro Siqueiros was a revolutionary, his artistic career was marked by the desire to create experimental paintings that deepen into formal strategies and technical contributions.
The artist lived in New York where he arrived as one of the official Mexican delegates to the Congress of American Artists. There he founded the “New York Experimental Workshop” where he worked with nitrocellulose, a celluloid or powdered cotton used in the manufacture of explosives or lacquers, varnishes and inks. With it, the painter and his helpers performed literal coloristic explosions.
His famous “controlled accidents” (much used later by his disciple Jackson Pollock and other abstract expressionists) it’s the improvisation of forms by the means of dripping industrial paint or by creating textures using sand, nails and other objects thrown on boards and fabrics and removed with sticks.