This Native artist of Boruca village is an astro in the “Hall of Fame” of Costa Rican tribal artists. Several of her woodcut print pieces were selected by the current Costa Rican President (Laura Chinchilla) for the 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.
Handsomely matted and framed, this work is titled: “Cazando siní“/”Hunting Boar (in the Brunka language”)
This compostion, laid down in a mustard yellow and dark mahogany brown, features a look back at a time, not too remote, when Brunka hunters would head out to the forested ridges of their territory, and with bow and arrows bring back wild game. Some of the larger hunted species were the wild boar. Surely this traditional lifeways depiction would be part of Fernández’s vivid memory as Boruca – relatively recently – maintained these traditions and the artist is now herself a grandmother.
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.