Travelers and Settlers
2016
Mixed Media

Chapter 3: Travelers & Settlers


Chapter 3 speaks to the amalgamation of identities that create mestiza identity. Travelers & Settlers investigates the meeting points of historical and personal lineages that reflect the impact of migration as a force of colonialism and as a force of personal evolution. Combining family heirlooms with materials from my home in Lincoln, Nebraska I have constructed a narrative from the interactions of my indigenous and European ancestors, to my present. The narrative presented by Travels & Settlers leads to Self-Portrait with Papaya which addresses the result of this history. Dark, reflective surfaces illuminated by a light shrouded by a weaving of pearls, offers a place for introspection. These works invite the viewer to examine themselves in the mirrored surface in context of a pearl light working as a metaphorical torch of the past.

Travelers and Settlers
2016
Mixed Media
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Travelers and Settlers
2016
Mixed Media
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Travelers and Settlers
Self Portrait With Papaya (closeup)
Travelers
2016
Bronze
Approximately 8"x10"
Spanish Colonial shoe-horse.
Travelers
2016
Carved wood, chopsticks, dropcloth sail
Approximately 16"x14"
Travelers
2016
Heirloom iron, carved found wood
Dimensions vary
Travelers and Settlers
2016
Leaning Chumbes
2015
Oil on canvas, mounted on wood
85"x5"x3"
Anonymous
2015
Found driftwood and carved bird from Nebraska, mounted on pedestal
11.5" x 11.5" x 65"
Anonymous Midwestern artisan's work, combined with found driftwood, mounted on pedestal.
Anonymous
2015
Found objects from Nebraska, mounted on pedestal
11.5" x 11.5" x 65"
Constructed Paintings
2016
Indigenous textiles with gold-leafed and tempera on wood frames
12"x12"
Indigenous textiles, turned into paintings, utilizing Spanish-Colonial techniques on frames.
Travelers and Settlers
2016
Mixed Media
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Black & White Gallery
Travelers and Settlers
2016
Mixed Media
Dimensions Vary
Black & White Gallery
Self-Portrait with Papaya 1-7
2016
Freshwater pearls, brass, on painted dibond
Dimensions Vary
Black & White Gallery
Travelers
2016
Carved Wood
Dimensions Vary
Project Project Gallery
Travelers
2016
Carved Wood
Dimensions Vary
Project Project Gallery
Travelers (closeup)
2016
Pre-Columbian Tumaco La Tolita figure standing on carved wood
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Project Project Gallery