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Arroyo Seco #3
Date: 2002
Artist: Martha Opdahl
American, born Peru, 1940
Dimensions: 81 x 51 in. (205.7 x 129.5 cm)
Medium: tufted and sheared wool pile, acid dyes and cotton backing
Credit Line: Gift of Martha Opdahl in memory of Arlene LewAllen, 2011
Description: The white slashes represent split rail fences, the bold palette a response to the sunshine and clarity of light here. The stepped structure of the weaving has its visual equivalent in the steps and architecture of Machu Picchu in her homeland of Peru, as well as the Pueblo Revival style of architecture in New Mexico. As with all of her work, the alternating structure of the weaving reflects her sense of having a dual identity, with an American father and a Chilean mother, raised in Peru and Bolivia yet educated in the United States.
Object Number: 2011.7
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