Alice Rahon (June 8, 1904-September 1987) was a French/Mexican poet and artist whose work combined pared-down figuration and materials including sand, string, and pulverized volcanic rock.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_Rahon
Self-Portrait with Autobiography by Alice Rahon
1948 / Oil and sand on canvas / 28″x22″ / Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Alice Rahon on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/alice-rahon/