Los Trabajadores | The Workers
The act of carving a piece of wood is reductive, but in a way it’s a way to draw with light. In the traditional printmaking sense, carving a block removes material and brings forth an image from a solid background. In this way the image starts from solid black and is revealed with each gouge and chisel mark. I approach my work with this idea in mind, using my mark making as a means to draw light to a subject, a place, or a person.
This body of work, Los Trabajadores was created while I lived in Southern New Mexico, an agricultural region in the desert where you can witness migrant field workers laboriously tending to fields almost daily. I created numerous works exploring the ways through which I could draw attention to their labor, and how my sense of light could highlight their contributions to our daily lives. It was clear to me when I made this work, and more so now, that immigrants deserve honor and respect for the contributions they make to our society. Being able to meet contemporary immigrants who live their live and work in my community, and seeing the dichotomy of the immigration debate play out in our media, it is important to me that my art can provide a vehicle for this topic to be explored. With the history of printmaking and its interplay in political action, it only makes more sense to explore human rights in this way.