Tropical Path (Part 1): The Life and Work of Antonia Eir_z
Hills de Zárate, Margaret
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Hills de Zrate, M. (2010) Tropical Path (Part 1): The Life and Work of Antonia Eir_z, ATOL: Art Therapy Online, vol. 1.
Drawing upon archival and interview material Part 1 of this extended paper describes the early life and work of the Cuban artist Antonia Eir_z Vsquez from 1951 to 1968. Eir_z's artistic background, her influences and the political climate following the Revolution as it impacted upon her work are described. This material provides a background to her later involvement in community art as the founder of el arte popular (popular arts) which is described and developed in Part 2.In Part 2 reference to the broader history of the development of art therapy in Cuba is made and Eir_z positioned as a 'forerunner' of a particular strand of community based practice (Ben-David and Collins, 1966, p. 450). However, in Part 1, the focus rests on Antonia Eir_z Vsquez, the artist, and the events that paved the way to what was to come. In this manner I hope to demonstrate that her involvement with el arte popular (popular arts), as outlined in Part 2, was not a digression but rather an extension of her creative work which is what she herself always maintained.