Embroidery floss on cotton |  10" x 8" | 2021


Please note that work will ship after the close of the exhibition on 9/17.


Ana Villegas (b. 1991) first came to Slingshot in 2014 with little experience creating artwork. She explored drawing and other two-dimensional media for some time before finding a strong affinity for textile-based work; including stitchwork and soft sculptures of felt, cloth, and hand-knit fabrics. She works well within the self-described lines of the meditative embroidery process and enjoys the flexibility of watching WWE wrestling and music videos while working on her pieces. Occasionally these subjects appear in her work, but more frequently her subjects are drawn from nature, the animal kingdom, or familiar characters from popular culture. Ana’s embroidery combines a mix of tight stitches and close attention to detail contrasted with long almost loose stitches that occupy broader aspects of the image as if to direct our eye where to go, where to pay close attention and where to gloss over. The effect gives her isolated subjects both volume and directness.

Slingshot is a non-profit progressive arts center in downtown Santa Barbara that serves adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The center promotes the creative practice, professional visibility, and overall inclusion of artists with IDD living in Santa Barbara County.

"Shayna" by Ana Villegas