Betty Burciaga is an artist who focuses on issues of body image and obesity. Not one to turn down a good meal, Betty has struggled with weight problems most of her life. All that Mexican food growing up was hard to resist. Taking molds of her own belly, using plaster, wax, textiles, and food, she creates new forms that convey some of the vulnerability, struggle, and even humor with her journey of maintaining a healthy weight, the search for beauty, and self acceptance.
After living and working in the Dallas area, Betty decided to finish her degree at Texas Woman's University. The desire to be closer to family (and better Mexican food) however, called her back to her roots in El Paso, TX and Las Cruces, NM where she is completing her BA in Studio Art at New Mexico State University. Her graduation exhibition will be shown at the Las Cruces Museum of Art in May 2012.