Precipitated by the passing of my abuelita Isabela Ortiza, the following pieces explore themes of death, memory, and new beginnings.
“The Fall of Man.”
“The Fall of Man” close-ups prior to bisque firing and painting on the underglaze.
1950 vs. 2021 (KB)
Reference 1950 photograph (left) next to the finished 2021 piece.
Reunidos and Caída del hombre
“Reunidos” graphite/gold leaf drawing (left) and “Caída del hombre” terracotta incense holder sculpture (right).
Graffitied murals, overgrown weeds, cracked support pillars, and displaced residents lie below the trail. A closer inspection of the scene reveals the harsh reality of the 606 and other public projects that indirectly trigger gentrification.
I was 15 when I first visited my homeland for the first time. My mother’s stories and media like “Coco” had familiarized me with aspects of my Mexican culture, but this didn’t compare to seeing it in person.
Arquitectura Mexicana Image 2
Orizaba, Veracruz, also known as “La Ciudad de las Aguas Alegres“ (the city of merry waters).
Arquitectura Mexicana Image 1
Hillside hacienda-style homes in Guanjuato. Watercolor and pen. 4 inches by 6 inches
Referencing my family's roots, this still life depicts aspects of the typical Argentinian meals I grew up savoring.
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