I am interested in creating art that exists outside the traditional boundaries
of painting and sculpture. With this in mind, I use materials that are not
traditionally associated with art making. I am influenced by what I call urban
culture. Examples would be car culture and graffiti; for the most part, these
examples exist outside the perceived notions of what art should be. I borrow
from urban culture and combine it with aspects of American culture and history,
exploring the boundaries of art and American identity.
Capture of the Espinoza Brothers
Capture of the Espinoza Brothers is a true story. The Espinoza brothers
lost their land to white settlers and in return killed a number of white settlers
in Colorado in the mid-1800s. In the end a reward was offered for their heads.
I wanted to bring this event into a whole different area whereby the historical
event gets lost and becomes a work of art with displaced context.
From an Emerging Artist fellowship totaling $3,000 the Zapata sculpture
was constructed and will be displayed till June of 2001 at Socrates Sculpture
Park, Astoria, New York. The sculpture interplays with the winter solstice;
when the sun is at its lowest point on the horizon on the shortest day of
the year, the sun will project the portrait of Zapata onto a wall. This will
only be visible for an hour or two. The shadow correlates to the keeping of
time and resembles an apparition.
The Penitentes or Los Hermanos Penitentes used the death cart. Doņa Sebastiana,
riding in the cart with her bow and arrow, reminds us of death and the cart
is a reminder of our penance. The oxcart would have stones added to intensify
the penance of pulling the cart. Let's say it's man's struggle against death.
I have been working on several death cart sculptures. This was my third.
From the Quetzalcoatl series, with a bit of car culture influence.