Arturo Herrera

Performance Art

The National Bird

"The National Bird" is a series of performance art and sculpture works made from ideas of transnationalism; the meaning behind one's citizenship and settlement. The first part of the series is inspired by three migratory birds: La Guacamaya (the macaw,) El Ganso (the goose,) and El Aguila (the bald eagle.) The series resorts to the different behaviors and characteristics of the birds using performance art; also, it incorporates traditional dances and personal rituals while speaking about the privilege of choice of travel through and settlement within the borders. The costumes are inspired by Mestizo cultures from  North and Central America. The sculptures heads are made from chicken wire, gemstones, acrylics, and plaster.

La Guacamaya

La Guacamaya, from the series “The National Bird.” Performance art, plaster, acrylics, gems, wire, and leather. Print 16 x 20” (40.64 x 50.8cm.)
Digital medium format. 2018.
La Guacamaya, performance photography, single digital images, medium format.  GIF file 0:20 sec on Loop. 2018.

El Ganso

El Ganso, #03, #01, digital medium format. 7 x 7” (17.78 x 17.78 cm). 2019.

El Águila

El Águila, mask, work in progress. Performance art. Sketch, acrylic on paper. 8 x 8.25” (20.32 x 20.95 cm.) 2019.