Fabiola Martinez

Fabiola Martinez

I am a Latin American artist born in Mexico City with degree in architecture from the Instituto Tecnológico de Querétaro. I am interested in natural resources and the preservation of ancestral techniques.

My body of work is based on the use of the natural dye Cochineal (Dactylopius Coccus Costa) derived from “carmine”, a pigment produced by a female insect that grows on a cactus in South America. The Cochineal or Grana Cochinilla is an ancestral technique that does not harm the environment and is beautiful in its natural way.

The pigmentation process with cochineal is a traditional technique that I learned from my ancestors in Nopaltepec, Mexico who had been cultivating the female insect for many years keeping this traditional technique alive.

I create series of abstract compositions with natural resources dyed with Cochineal on pine and maple wood. My compositions are often inspired by horizon lines that allow me to immerse myself   into an organic   space, I feel connected with the land that define my cultural identity.