2D > The Entrails of the Earth Group to Form a House

The Entrails of the Earth Group to Form a House, #1
Paper collage with cochineal, amate, and lapis lazuli
8.5x12"
2022
The Entrails of the Earth Group to Form a House, #2
Paper collage with raw cochineal and a pressed flower from Teotihuacan
8.5x12"
2022
The Entrails of the Earth Group to Form a House, #3
Paper collage with amate, indigo and brazil wood dyed yarn, and ochre pastel
8.5x12"
2022
The Entrails of the Earth Group to Form a House, #4
Paper collage with madder root, vivianite, and clay pigment with dried pochote petal, raw cochineal, and lapis lazuli
8.5x12"
2022
The Entrails of the Earth Group to Form a House, #5
Paper colloge with indigo dyed yarn, dried pochote petals, and ochre and bone black pigment
8.5x12"
2022
The Entrails of the Earth Group to Form a House, #6
Paper collage with indigo and pochote dyed paper, indigo and brazil wood dyed yarn, copal seeds, copal leaves, marigold petals, and cantera verde pigment
8.5x12"
2022

A group of small collages made in Oaxaca in the Fall of 2022, this series' title, "The Entrails of the Earth Group to Form a House", is quoted from the poem "The Iron and the Rust" by the French Surrealist writer Michel Leiris (1901-1990). The images are comprised of shapes meant to represent the workings of the body and the experience of living in a body. Made in a time in my life that followed several recent health related incidents, and in reference to many years of living in chronic pain due to migraines, these works aim to display the often invisible threads of pain we carry in this house we call a body. The natural materials used, many of which were found in Mexico, include copal seeds, pochote and marigold petals, raw cochineal (found on a nopal cactus on a rooftop), indigo and brazil wood dyed yarn, pressed flowers from Teotihuacan, and various ochres. These living contributions speak in conversation with the meaning behind the work - of life and death, of the containers of our existence, of all that is given, all that is taken, and all that is left behind.