This Native artist of Boruca village is an astro in the “Hall of Fame” Costa Rican tribal artists. Several of her woodcut print pieces were selected by the current Costa Rican President (Laura Chinchilla)’s nationally important tour of Europe soon after having been being sworn in as President three years ago. Lolita Fernández prints were given, at the time of this official visit, as gifts from the people of Costa Rica to the German Chancellor, French President and the then Pope Benedict.
Fernández has been creating, for years, breath taking works in the traditional activity of adorning (by engraving) the dried shell of the jícara fruit – used as liquid containers and sives by the region’s Native groups. This very technique of jícara fruit adornment is precisely the technique required to do wood cut print making. About four years ago, an artist from the capital went to two Indigenous Reservations in the south of Costa Rica to teach a few renowned jícara fruit artisan’s the techniques of print making. Fernández was one of these selcted artists.
A homage to traditional Brunka lifeways, local fauna and sacred topography (Térraba River in the background), this composition features the crucial moment of a deer hunt. Handsomely matted and framed, this work is titled: “Caza” (“Hunting”).