Below: Monoprint: Walking Home, Framed 27"w x 36"h
The monoprints above, "Walking the Line" and "Souvenirs," along with "Walking Home" (below) are a monoprint series created when learning of my father’s life threatening diagnosis. It was a very difficult period for our family. In these works I explore his illness, family memories, and loss. There is "vida" (life) on one side and the implication of "death/muerte" on the other. I could not use the word "life" in English. The experience felt too real in my primary language. The word "death" was too difficult in English or Spanish and, as such, does not appear as a written word. Only now can I really talk about the "why" of word choice/word absence. In "Souvenirs," our life is seen in the memories of things he can no longer reach as he walks away, leaving behind forever his memories, my memories.