We had the good fortune of connecting with Lizette Abraham and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lizette, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor in getting what I whant is perseverance, my will to do things and the courage of my desires. It is important for me to work every day in what I want, and to trust me.
Knowing how to work with the chaos of ideas is the key. I appreciate my time and the hours of the day. Life gives you a 24 hour check everyday and I decide how to invest it.
My photographic work teaches me a lot about how to be patient, meticulous and the value of doing things well.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I work with textiles and photography. Build settings, landscapes and characters. manual and digital processes are important to me. And I am interested in topics about indigenous communities and Maya textil art. It motivates me to work with these issues, since now more than ever our culture is being lost, and textile art is a wonderful world and brings me closer to Mayan history and culture.
I have been working in photography for more than fifteen years and I have a long way in this discipline as well as in action art. At the same time I studied communication and design, that helped me to understand much better what I do.
Being an artist is not easy, since living from it is a challenge. I always have to live on other things and all my money is for my production. It’s complicated. But over time you learn many ways to make yourself known, and one of the things that is helping me now is having my own space to exhibit my work.
It is important for me to be my own boss and to organize myself in my own way and at my pace. Listening to me more than others this is a lesson that I learned over time.
For me it is important that people see through my art, value and protect our pre-Hispanic cultures, since they are in crisis of disappearing. Learn from the Mayan communities about how they see nature, the cosmos and life, for them everything is connected and they have great respect for their environment. We need that vision in our modern world.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Mexico is full of beautiful places, like the city center, as well as trying all the typical Mexican food. They could come to my gallery in Coyoacan so that they know my art and then I would take them to Frida’s blue house and then to the Coyoacan park for an ice cream.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I am very grateful to my family who have always been with me. as well as artists in my hometown Mérida Yucatán who supported me to carry out my first exhibitions. and in Mexico City to all the artists and friends who believe in me and my work.
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