This piece was printed in a very small run of about 10 prints. The concept was conceived during my residency at the Gaea Sea Cottage in Provincetown, Massachussetts. It is a self-portrait depicting my challenges as an artist, a business owner, a partner, a daughter... that is, some of the roles I fill are contradictory to each other, they take away from another part of me. Running a socially conscious business is an outstanding achievement, but also one that takes away from my love of being a visual artist.
During my time in Provincetown, I was able to experiment with rubylift, a film used in screenprinting, in ways that I had not done in the past. Not for lack of trying, but for lack of time. The films I developed in Provincetown would be the basis of my artwork for the next two years. The silkscreened pieces that follow are products of my time alone, time spent with my own feelings. They are self portraits of a woman struggling to reclaim her own voice and her own space.
I was invited to Mexico City in October 2006, and I took the opportunity to meet up with my colleagues from El Faro Centro Cultural. It is there that I printed this piece, with the assistance of my friend and student Sombra. The emulsion kept falling off the screen, so we were only able to print 10 of these, and of those 10, 5 are acceptable quality.
Click here to read about my adventures in P-Town.
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