Valentine From Borderlandia
In summer 2019, the Center for the Study of the Southwest commissioned Andrea Muñoz Martinez to exhibit her work on the landscapes of the Uvalde – Piedras Negras region. Muñoz Martinez starts small to capture these vast views. She uses one brush per canvas to paint tiny individual squares. Together, these small splashes of paint on eight-foot by twelve-foot canvases merge to become images of South Texas landscapes. Each square mirrors the splash of light the receptors respond to when we see; Andrea Munoz Martinez seeks to catch the moment when landscapes become part of our bodies, or our bodies begin their response to our landscapes. Her paintings mirror the memories we carry with us of the landscapes of our home; her work, the labor it takes to share experiences and feelings with others.
The photographer, Joe Martinez, focuses on the intimate relationships that connect his work outside to the flora and fauna in people’s homes. His work brings out a closeness to animals fostered by a life working outside. Together, their works speak to the physical and cultural ecology of the Southwest.
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A grid of one inch marks covers the entire canvas. Stripes from blue to grey to green to pink to green to pink to yellow to blue create the sky background. The foreground is created by the bottom yellow, red and purple stripes. At the top of the painting is a rectangular building with a large opening through which you can see right through. Underneath the building is a large yellow, hollow shape of a heart. The background of the heart is decorated with designs of arrows, circles and dashes.