Feb 6, 2009

Sembrar es una forma de Resistencia

This is the title of my last exhibit at Fountain St. Church. The work has to do with seeds; the importance of saving, planting, and sharing them, also it the first time in many years that I make colorful and hopeful art, there is no satire or hidden messages this time.

To sow is a form of Resistance

This will be technically my first solo exhibit in GR. I have been working on the theme of seeds, food and nature; going from construction black and white blockprints to a more abstract colorful representation of seeds.

The artwork explores our relationship with food and the environment. Seeds tell the story of our relationship with food and our kinship with the land. 

I became intrigued with seeds when I planted my first garden. As the garden grew, so did my awareness of the political and industrial forces that destroy the lives of small farmers in the U.S., my homeland, Mexico, and around the world. 

By saving seeds from my garden to plant the next year, I participated in a process that people around the world have taken part in for thousands of years, and every year seeds are saved to be our future food. The industrial process of genetically modifying seed has transformed our 10,000 year heritage into branded, private property. 

My work give tribute to those who are working hard to protect what is rightfully theirs, and  ours.

In this exhibit the orange cones represent our relation with nature which at some point  is so absurd it becomes comical. Development of the land means destruction of the land. By constructing roads to unaccessible places, those same places get so intensively exploited they eventually disappear.

Seeds on the other hand represent our relation with food, the importance of saving seeds in order to preserve our natural heritage.

If you want to take part in this effort, please take a bag of seeds and take good care of them, plant them and witness the wonderful cycle that begins and ends with every single seed.