WORKS > Discolored, Misshapen, Broken

Broken
acrylic and corn husks on cut panel
34 x 30
2017
Misshapen
acrylic and pins on cut panel
76 x 38
2017
Misshapen (detail)
acrylic and pins on cut panel
2017
Discolored
acrylic and corn husks on cut panel
37 x 26
2017
Prayers to the People (install detail)
obsidian, turquoise, glass beads
2017
Xilonen
Chicken wire, newsprint, corn husks, corn silk, beans and corn sewed onto indigo and avocado dyed pillows
64 x 20 x 18
2016
Xilonen (detail)
corn and beans on indigo dyed pillow
2017
Seated
oil on canvas
40 x 30
2016
Faces of the Moon
Gouache made from New Mexico pigments on amate paper hung on clothesline
2017
Faces of the Moon (detail)
Gouache made from New Mexico pigments on amate paper hung on clothesline
15.5 x 12
2017

Discolored, Misshapen, Broken
Solo Exhibit
Presa House Gallery
San Antonio, TX
2017

Over time, I have learned that broken beans should not be discarded from the pot, but should always be included because they make the broth richer and more flavorful. I’ve realized that the discolored or misshapen beans do not lessen the flavor of the pot; they don’t take over either. Beans, like people, should be judged by their contributions, not by their appearance. Luz Calvo and Catriona Rueda Esquibel say that “Cooking a pot of beans is a revolutionary act,” and I say that we are all needed for the revolution.