Works on Metal

I began working in this way, cutting and grouping sheet metal, after having created many ex-votos.  Cutting sheet metal for ex-votos led me to explore other shapes than squares and rectangles. Doing research on Mexican craftwork,  I found that in the 19th Century, English master ceramic artists were brought in to Puebla Mexico to work and  guide tableware designs for the internal colonial market in Mexico.  Often, these tableware items would be decorated with images of ‘native’ life in Mexico, and as such, some were meant as momentos for Spaniards returning to Spain.  This work seemed to embody much of what I was needing to express about my own complex, shifting relationship to my Mexican-ness.  Embodying dualities such as pride and shame, I was on the one hand proud of this refined heritage.  On the other hand, I was ashamed to to see these as trophies of a bloody destruction of native cultures.  Many of these shapes come from a 17th Century Wedgwood catalogue, engraved by William Blake.  I find these vessel shapes are containers: for souls, for emotions, for the liquids of life and of sustenance. There is something else appealing to me: the display quality that many of these Blake layouts have.  On a certain level, display is a kind of picturing, a kind of painting. Painting put this way, in its most formal arrangement, positions the viewer outside of the culture of the maker, and mirrors my experience with Mexico, and to a certain extent, with the United States.

Bowls and Ladle

Bowl Ladle Bowl, oil on metal, 14.5 in. x 15 in., $900

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Balloons Float Pyramid, oil on metal, 18 in. x 15 in., $850

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Blake Blue and White, oil on metal, 17 in. x 17 in., $800

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Table, Pitcher and Cup, oil on metal, 38 in. x 48 in., $3700

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Sky Cup / Land Cup, oil on metal, 12.5 in. x 15 in., $850

Vase Pours Bowls, cut vintage metal, 17.5 in. x 14.5 in., $800

Two cups on Blue Background

Two Cups / Blue Cups, oil on metal, 10 in. x 12 in., $750

Child of Honour

English Ceramics in Mexico series

Child of Honour, oil on metal, 20.5 in. x 14 in., $1400

Epergne, from a Wedgwood engraving by William Blake

Epergne,design taken from a Wedgwood pottery catalogue with engravings by William Blake, from 1776 $3500

English Ceramics in Mexico series

English Ceramics in Mexico series

Creamware 1, oil on metal, 12 in. x 17 in., SOLD

English Ceramics in Mexico series

English Ceramics in Mexico series

Jadeware 1, oil on metal,  12 in. x 17 in., $900  SOLD

English Ceramics in Mexico series

Blue and White 2, oil on metal,  7 in. x 10 in., $650

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