Casting Shadows
Patricia Cazorla & Nancy Saleme
charcoal, ink, permanent markers, acrylics, and dyes on canvas, 86" x 60";  $15,000
Exhibited at Village West in Slow Art Fall 2019

"Nancy and I, Patricia, are an aunt and niece artist duo. We create public art and intricate, time-consuming studio works that are linked with the history of human migration or social justice issues. Casting Shadows belongs to a series of charcoal drawings of city bridges surrounded by an intricate background of laborious and flamboyant floral patterns painted in ink, permanent markers, and acrylic. As of this date, we have created the Manhattan Bridge, the Amtrack Dock Vertical Lift of Newark, NJ, and we are in the process of portraying the Queensboro Bridge.

The surface is a raw canvas of about 86 by 60 inches that was hand-dyed using the textile technique Ombré, original from Southeast Asia. We dyed the fabric and gradually shaded it with aquamarine blue from dark to light, making the material feels like a sea. Later, we incorporated drawn patterns inspired by the history of textile art from the East and West cultures. The sophisticated, detailed drawing was created by hundreds of dots suggesting Ben-Day dots, which is used for four-process color printing, a modern technique. Finally, we used charcoal and black ink to contour line the complex geometry of the bridge' structure.

The work goes beyond highlighting the aesthetic traces that the passing of time did not touch. In our view, this bridge raises life challenges, issues of migration, new horizons, confrontation with the unknown that awaits all of us on the other side. Somehow, though a bit hidden, this huge canvas reflects the portrait of our past, our ancestors, mestizo, and vibrant blood that narrates the world's history of migrations. Migrations that shape our contemporary society."

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