Etching on copper, engraving, watercolor & thread drawings. 11" x 15" 2021 When I was invited to make a work for the exhibit Renderings of Santa Cecilia, patrona de la música, I thought about how I could relate her to my culture and my roots. I thought of various instruments that are unique to the area where I grew up and settled for the Rondador, which is Ecuador’s national instrument. It is a single-ranked panpipe with eight to thirty pipes, all of which are closed at one end. Pipes are occasionally made of condor feathers, Ecuador’s national bird, just like this one that Santa Cecilia is holding in this image.
The color of your skin is just a shell (Lo que importa es quiénes somos por dentro)
Silkscreen, collage and blind embossment 12" x 18" 2020 Your skin is a shell. Even though it is an organ that protects you from exterior injuries, it is the most dangerous and damaging to human existence. We judge others for their “right” or “wrong” color, shape, or size. We make stories and categorize people based on it. We see the shell before we see the essence. When mortals learn to go past that deceiving layer and focus on the heart, then we can start building a new type of humanity.
Silkscreen and digital print 11” x 15” 2019 To this day, we continue to witness and experience the horrors of humankind. Humanity is cruel and since the beginning of time we have made everything possible to harm and destroy each other and annihilate the world we live in. Nevertheless, despite all of it there have always existed those who have counterbalanced this equation. Humanity can also be kind, compassionate and loving. So despite all the bad things that we encounter every day, there is hope. And because of that hope and the good heartedness of many human beings, this planet is still around and will continue to prosper. I have faith that younger generations will fight for the
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Silkscreen, Collage & thread drawings 11 x 15 in 2019 Regardless of background and upbringing, as mothers, wives, daughters, sisters, or aunts, on some level, we all face the various hurdles of sexism, discrimination, and prejudice. The only way to overcome these hurdles is to be in the same boat, supporting and uplifting each other as a united front.
Los jarrones de mi abuela
Silkscreen 30" x 22" 2019
Separated Minor #2,739 (Detenido)
Etching & SIlkscreen 18" x 22" 2019 Children have been separated from their parents at the southern border as part of the USA’s Federal government zero tolerance policy. Parents have been prosecuted for entering the country illegally and their children have been taken away from them and placed into separate custody. More than 3,000 children have been detained in the last few months (December 2018 to February 2019). Very few have been able to reunite with their parents and the others continue to be in captivity being treated like animals. This inhumane policy will scar these innocent children forever.
Lágrimas llenando océanos; an overflowing lachrymatory bottle
Photopolymer intaglio, Silkscreen, chine colle, blind embossment. 14" x 14" 2018 Lachrymatories are small bottles that were used from Roman times to the Victorian era, and later during the Civil War. They were meant to catch the tears of those in sorrow over beloved ones who had passed or who were away in war. My lachrymatory is made out of bullet cases sewn together, and unlike the ones in antiquity, it is not small. It is large and it can’t contain the tears anymore…there are so many being shed all over the world on a daily basis, due to violence in our societies. A weeping ocean is rapidly being created.
The Northern Triangle
Silkscreen 22" x 30" 2018* There are thousands of children arriving to the US without their parents, coming mostly from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, being sent away due to violence and turmoil in their home countries. These children are considered to be unaccompanied minors. This work reflects on how messed up this world is to push parents to send their children away “to help them have a better life”. In the pursuit of this goal, they do not realize that their children would have been better off staying with them and not suffering the trauma of abandonment and also of mistreatment from governments and peoples that don’t care about them. These children might have reached “The American Dreamland”, but they are already scarred for life. The irony of this situation is evident and extremely sad. *Published by Self Help Graphics
Silkscreen, collage and thread drawings 14" x 14" 2018 As a line starts straight and could make twists and turns, thoughts also start simple but could become very complicated. This work explores mappings of thoughts. When anxiety levels rise, they become convoluted and mostly occur in a circular-like pattern with no way out from embroil. Some other times, there is a way out and a point of rest. Thoughts are a reflection of experiences and traumas that surface having a logic while being threaded together.
Flores para la tumba de un inmigrante II (Flowers For An Immigrant's Grave II)
Silkscreen, etching, laser cut on acrylic, chine colle, thread drawing 22" x 30" 2018 In the collection of Carolina Villaroel
Sam Z. Coronado: maestro, líder, promotor y querido amigo. Sam Z. Coronado: teacher, leader, promotor and dear friend
Silkscreen, blind embossment and thread drawings 30" x 22" 2017 This work is part of the portfolio “La Huella: Homage to Master Printmakers” featuring Sam Z. Coronado, an important figure in the Latino printmaking community, who founded The SERIE Project, a nonprofit organization located in Austin Texas, whose mission is to promote Latino art through screen printing. The SERIE Project has hosted more than 300 artist residencies and helped promote the careers of many art historians, curators, and printmakers within the USA and abroad for over 20 years. Amongst other achievements, Sam co-founded the Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin Texas. His personal oeuvre and work through the SERIE Project earned him several lifetime achievement awards from the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, the Austin Visual Arts Association, and the Mexic-Arte Museum. He sadly passed away in 2013 much ahead of his time, but left an enormous legacy within the Latino community.
Silkscreen 3.75" x 7.75 "x 2.75" 2017 Artwork made for "Build Hope, Not Walls", an exhibition and fundraiser to help immigrants and refugees in Austin Texas.
Silkscreen, crochet, thread drawings. 11" x 15" 2017
Disfraz de bailarina
Etching, thread drawings, collage. 20" x 26" 2017
Maldición de Malinche (Malinche's curse)
Etching, engraving, chine colé, blind embossment and thread drawing 11" x 15" 2016 La Malinche, daughter of noble caciques in Mexico, was given away by her mother to slave traficants. She traveled from place to place and learned different native languages. During the conquest in the 16th century, she was sold to Hernán Cortés, who lead the fall of the Aztec Empire. She became Cortes’s wife and became instrumental in the communication between the natives and the Spaniards, acting as a translator and connecting both worlds. The curse of Malinche often refers to an attitude that anything that comes from outside is better, undervaluing own heritage. La Malinche is seen in various ways: as the embodiment of betrayal, a victim par excellence or simply as a symbolic mother of the new mestizo cultures that emerged.
Mojándose II (Crossing)
Etching, chine collé, thread drawings, relief and blind embossment. 21" x 27" 2015 This print is part of the series "Borders". It attempts to depict the landscape and activity in the border between Mexico and the US. Filled with symbols, it is a subtle rendition of various aspects of migration from the south to the north. Pieces of pages from 16th and 17th century books (text in Spanish and in English) have been sewn over and chine colle. The space in between represents the Rio Grande. A blind embossment of text from the Codex Mendoza appears over the entire print. In the collection of The Smithsonian American Art Museum. *Print co-published with Flabed Press
Cruzado (Setting in)
Etching on copper, photopolymer gravure, blind embossment, chine cole and thread drawings. 21" x 27" 2015 This print is also part of the series "Borders". It attempts to depict the landscape and activity in the border between Mexico and the US. Filled with symbols, it is a subtle rendition of various aspects of migration from the south to the north. Pieces of pages from 16th and 17th century books (text in Spanish and in English) have been sewn over and chine colle. The space in between represents the Rio Grande. A blind embossment of text from the Codex Mendoza appears over the entire print. In the collection of The Smithsonian American Art Museum. *Print co-published with Flabed Press
Digital print, silkscreen and thread drawing. 15" x 22" 2014 There are approximately 12 million undocumented immigrants that live in the US. Many are entire families with children. With the recent deportation laws in the US, especially in the states that are closer to the borders with Mexico, head of households are spotted on the streets and sent back to where they came from. Families are being torn apart. Deportations, more commonly of the fathers, are occurring every day by the thousands. Mothers and children are left behind and more often they become widows and orphans. *Published at CoronadoPrint studio
Flores para la tumba de un inmigrante (Flowers for an Empty Grave)
Etching (copper and polymer), chine colle and thread drawings 11 x 15 2014
La loca Lolita (Crazy Lola)
Etching, chine colle and thread drawings 11" x 15" 2014
Niño oji-azul (Blue eyed boy)
Etching, chine colle & thread drawings 7.5" x 9.75" 2013
Intaglio, relief, blind embossment, chine colle and thread drawings. 11" x 22" 2013 This print is part of the series "Borders". It attempts to depict the landscape and activity in the border between Mexico and the US. Filled with symbols, it is a subtle rendition of various aspects of migration from the south to the north. Pieces of pages from 16th and 17th century books (text in Spanish and in English) have been sewn over and chine colle. An abstracted figure has been printed on relief representing someone swimming across the Rio Grande. A blind embossment of text from the Codex Mendoza appears over the entire print.
Caution: Dreamers in/on sight
2013 Serigraphy, Chine Collé and Thread Drawings 22" x 30"
La loca Lupita (Crazy Lupe)
Etching, chine colle and thread drawings 11" x 15" 2013
And all it was found were a key chain, a watch next to some bones
Etching, thread drawings and found objects 11" x 15" 2013 This work talks about migration to the United States specifically from south of the border. Head of households have been deported to their native countries after having made their livelihoods in the US. After being deported they decide to return, risking everything to be able to see their children again. A lot of them die in transit while attempting to reunite with their loved ones.