The National Museum of Women in the Arts will exhibit a New York Avenue Sculpture Project by Betsabeé Romero, February 28-May 25, 2020.Romero, who is a contemporary Mexico City-based sculptor, developed four sculptures expressly for the installation by assembling carved and painted tires into totemic structures. The structures “speak to themes of human migration and the natural environment.”The artist uses a process similar to tattooing as she carves figures and intricate patterns into the sidewalls and treads of tires, and then fills in the motifs with gleaming metallic paint. Interior lighting gives each piece an otherworldly glow.
Image below: Betsabeé Romero, En cautiverio (In captivity) (rendering), 2018; Two tractor tires with engraving, gold leaf, and silver leaf and steel support, each approx. 78 3/4 x 51 1/4 x 19 5/8 in.; Courtesy Betsabeé Romero Art Studio