On the morning of May 3, Montiel began installing a series of stenciled soil works on the gallery floor. Informed by textile patterns from her native Mexico, Montiel’s earthen pieces evoke both ancient glyphs and every day objects through their labyrinthine formations. Montiel collected soil from locations correlating to Chicago’s cardinal points and mixed it with Nopal, a Mexican cactus juice, connecting her investment in her ancestral Mexican craft traditions to her life here in Chicago.

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