Wynn’s new show “Adelita: Women Soldiers of the Mexican Revolution” will open with an artists' reception on Friday July 1st from 5-7pm. Show closes July 26th.
Adelita was the name given to the women who followed brothers, husbands and lovers to war during the uprising of the Mexican Revolution. From 1910-1920, these camp followers cooked, cleaned and nursed wounds. When it came time for military combat, Adelitas bravely picked up guns and fought. In many respects, the Mexican Revolution was not only a men's but a women's revolution.
Women became soldaderas both voluntarily and through brutal force. Male soldiers often kidnapped women from villages and forced them to join armies. In general, it was said that horses were treated better than the Adelitas. Many of the women rebels were crusaders for land reform in Mexico. Whatever their reason for joining the Revolution, life for a soldadera was extremely hard.
Encaustic artist and photographer Angel Wynn has produced a body of work to honor the legacy of the Adelita warrior. “I had come across some painted murals that introduced me to these women, for days all I could think about was the difficult lifestyle they endured”, says Wynn, “After more research, I became very fascinated by the Adelitas. A passion to tell their story set in and would not leave me alone.”
Starting with a photograph of a re-enactor or historic figure from the Mexican revolt, Wynn paints over her images using encaustic wax, an ancient art form from the 5th century B.C. Combined with a contemporary style, Wynn has created a powerful show to honor these courageous warriors. "With this exhibit, I hope to instill an awareness about these extraordinary women," says Wynn. “This year marks the 100th anniversary of the rebels only assault on a US border town here in New Mexico”.