Miguel — Monument to Stories Shared Here (2 of 2 in diptych) 2022
45” x 34”
Original collage artwork (no editions)
Handmade collage on photograph depicting an imagined monument to stories Miguel shared at this site in Tijuana, Mexico (right at US/Mexico border). Media includes reproductions of a single personal snapshot provided by Miguel of his son being held by his American mother, an image of the US/Mexico border fence, and Hubble telescope star images on Hahnemühle Rice Paper, PH neutral glue, watercolor, decorative paper, and acrylic gold paint on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308 paper (base print). American Portraits (working title) is an in-progress photo-collage series that considers the vast range of individual stories held within the American people. Each portrait set is a diptych depicting the subject’s familial story across time: the first is a portrait of the subject wearing family photographs, and the second is an imagined site-specific monument to stories the subject shared.