Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Tierra y Libertad?

My friend, Rene Arceo, invited me to participate in a print portfolio he is putting together. The theme is celebrating the centennial of the Mexican Revolution. Twenty five printmakers from the USA and Mexico will be participating.

My woodblock relief print will represent the idea of "the more things change, the more they stay the same." The image shows a modern day Emilano Zapata, hoe and corn seed in hand, standing in a field of corn while cobs rain down from the sky. I wanted to speak on the fight against big foreign seed companies that have potential to contaminate the indigenous corn strains with their gmo seeds. This in the land where corn was first domesticated. With this invasion the companies have the power to "steal" the modern Mexican farmers' way of life just as the big hacienda owners did a century ago.

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