September 3 - 25, 2021
An exhibition of paintings from 2019-2021, Together with the Earth is a collection of solitary figures existing at the crossroads of human rights, environmental concerns, and mental health. The figures are meaningfully positioned, offering a still of their current emotional state. The corn husks represent the skin of the figures, recalling Mesoamerican beliefs that our very beings are created from maíz. These “mestiza media” works reclaim the “mestizo” colonial caste label. I define mestiza media as when materials originate from the region(s) of the artist’s ancestors. This material use also works to dismantle folk and fine art hierarchies within the arts. Accepting mixedness is also about embracing queerness and the fluid nature of identities that reject constructed binaries. The silhouette allows for a common ground and human relatability. The isolation of each figure speaks to the social confinement of the COVID-19 era, yet the paintings come together in the space. Despite our frequent solitude, we have managed to maintain and build community during difficult times.
Reception: September 3, 2021 | 6–9 pm
103 S Main St
Lockhart, 78644 TexasGet directions