Tina Medina, artist, educator, and curator earned her BFA degree at Texas Tech University and MFA degree at the University of North Texas. Since 2006, Medina has served as a full-time professor of art at the Mountain View campus of Dallas College. As part of Nuestra Artist Collective, she is curating and collaborating on a traveling exhibit that features women artists who make art about the border. Through an exploration of fibers, painting, video, and audio, Medina’s art reflects U.S. American history from the point of view of the underrepresented voices in our communities such as people of color, farm and domestic workers, the undocumented and women and children.
They Didn't Know We Were Seeds
Artist Tina Medina - They Didn't Know We Were Seeds "Las semillitas," 2021, paper, watercolor, fabric, 10 inches x 8 inches, collection of Ofelia Faz-Garza, photo courtesy of artist.
"Many of my works contemplate the contributions of families, especially indigenous families to the cultivation of the lands, economies, and culture of the United States. The expression, "They tried to bury us. They didn't know we were seeds", mostly used as an activist cry, expresses the feelings of black and brown families whose physical hard labor of the past and today continues to be overlooked as the roots of the success of our country."