"LaCharra", 22" x 30", Screenprint 2011
My passion for Printmaking and the love of the mulitple has taken my work into varies bodies of process and conceptual understandings. My teaching has deepened my understandings of composition and the beauty of line. This investigation of line coupled with my carving practice has lead me to a new suite of work in which I am investigating line portrature. I find
portraiture to be a technical strength and opportunity for me to refine and define my use of line. Conceptually the challege of the work is now leading to my subjects. Initially. I used figures from popular culture and that has now grown to include social narratives and histories.
In addition to the line carved portraiture I am currently working on two other suites of work based on my upbringing as a Chicano youth growing up in both Southern California and West Texas. One suite is the recontextilaizing and representation of Mexican Lotteria cards. The second suite is a continuation of an investigation and depictions of Mother Mary. As a child of 5 I experienced an early loss of my Mother in my life and have been drawing and depicting Mother Mary ever since. This practice continues to grow and expand my color understanding and investigations. The techniques of the two suites differ in process and techniques which allows for line articulation and refinement in both to influence one another. In the woodcut portraiture I use the depth of the carving tool to express value in the lines. Much like processing an image through filters I am confining my carving direction as a filter to engage in a new visual dialogue with my carving. In the last two years I have challenged and changed my
aesthetic approach and strategy to carving. After carving for the last fifteen years, the new approach has invigorated my mark and has created a new discourse with line. Scale and subject matter will soon change, however the refinement of line is an investigation I will continue to pursue throughout my career.
In my loteria suite I aim to create over 150 images in the next year, creating a totally new set of the initial suite of cards. The project began three years ago and I now have 60 images completed using, Etching, Serigraphy, Monoprint and Lithography. This particular suite has emerged color into greater consideration into my process and it has been invigorating. In the works themselves I use social issues and juxtapostioning of the completed pieces to create a more dynamic visual narrative.