Para Carmen María Colón, from the portfolio "Guariquen: Images and Words Rican/Structured"

Juan Sanchez American
Printer Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop
Publisher Exit Art/The First World

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Sánchez’s mother appears frequently in his work. Here, she is shown in a photograph such as one that might be found in a scrapbook; to the right is a drawing by her and an image of a botánica doll similar to those she made. Sánchez writes a tribute to his mother below, describing the difficulties she encountered in Brooklyn after immigrating from Puerto Rico as a result of economic, racial, and cultural oppression. He also describes her strength and the comfort she provided him when he was young. In addition to symbolizing his love, the red heart in the center evokes childhood drawings, while a devotional card with the Madonna and child testifies to both his mother’s Catholic faith and profound maternal affection.

Para Carmen María Colón, from the portfolio "Guariquen: Images and Words Rican/Structured", Juan Sanchez (American, born Brooklyn, New York, 1954), Hand-colored lithograph with collage

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