"Atzin" Kjerstan Ketter Mendiola
“Atzin,” Kjerstan Ketter Mendiola, is a Xicana artist and mother. The daughter of Tejano Blues musician, Arturo Mendiola, and craftswoman, Colleen Johnson, art was deeply rooted in her upbringing with her exposure being art created in the home, and rooted in culture.
Much of Kjerstan’s personal art, which can be found in exhibitions and galleries, reflects the combined concepts of God, birthing and earth, and the common ability between the Creator, women and the elements, to give and sustain life. All of her art infuses traditional uses of symbols and color with personal techniques. Although Kjerstan’s family is rooted in Southern Texas and Northern Coaohuila, Mexico, from the Yaqui nation, much of her art stems from Mexica traditions that she grew up with. Kjerstan’s mediums include acrylic, watercolor, murals, traditional beading, jewelry, charcoal and dance; traditions that she is passing down to her son.
Kjerstan is passionately dedicated to Art Education. Kjerstan believes that art is healing and healthy, and encourages community members, children, and everyone possible to become involved in hands-on art, focusing on the experience as much as the visual outcome. She dedicates the majority of her skill-set and time to fusing her extensive professional work in child and youth development with art, by creating and coordinating hands-on, interactive art projects which foster community building and educational objectives. She is frequently contracted by Art Start, various non-profit organizations and event planners.