Weaving Our Destiny
Mural Imagery and Narrative
“Weaving Our Destiny” emerged as we looked to connect the present to the past and future. This summer’s mural begins with traditional designs inspired by Navajo weavings. We not only used the wall as our canvas but also our loom.
Giant hands weave the strings that will compose our present as well as our future. The strings lead the way down the wall, moving in time and taking us from the wise teachings of the past and to a colorful and complex landscape. The interplay between the woven pattern and the painterly landscape create a layered composition both visually and conceptually. We blended contemporary and traditional styles to create a piece that honors ancestry but looks toward the future. The flowers are a nod toward embroidery traditions from around the world and serve as an introduction to a curandera who is surrounded by nature. She is a symbol of healing, one of our many hopes for the future.
Desiray Maez Jaquelin de la Cruz Victoria Cereceres Gabby Escarcega Jacquelyn Yepa Tori Lucero Noe Barnet Amelia Richardson Shundiin Nakai Jacklyn Le Jordan Caldwell Matthew Michalski Aaron Rivera
Helen Atkins Jordyn Bernicke James Long
Vanessa Alvarado Staci Drangmeister Margarita Paz-Pedro
Special Thanks to
Mayor Richard Barry New Mexico Clay La Academia de Esperanza
Project funded by
New Mexico Youth Conservation Corps City of Albuquerque Public Art Program
Heart Gallery of New Mexico Foundation