The visual artist Diedrick Brackens was born in Mexia in 1989. The small city, which has a population of about 7,500, is home to many members of Brackens’ extended family; although his immediate family moved around for his father’s job in the military, his parents wanted to maintain a connection to their family and Texas. No matter where Brackens and his family lived, he spent every summer of his childhood, and many in his adulthood, returning to Mexia—a place that now frequently informs his woven tapestries. For Brackens, weaving is a form of language that evolves during every step of the process. And in his new exhibition at the Blanton Museum of Art, Diedrick Brackens: darling divined, opening on October 17, he pays tribute both to…View Original Post
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