The Archipelagos series responds to 18th century “Casta” portraits and early colonial maps. Casta paintings depicted interracial families and were used to enforce rigid social caste systems in New Spain and the Philippines. Colonial maps imposed similar social constraints, dividing land masses and communities by arbitrary borders. By abstracting geometric and figurative elements from these historic images, I confront painting as an inherited social structure used to divide and marginalize. I apply techniques of glazing, graphing, and framing similar to those found in Casta paintings and maps to create obscured landscape figurations that are defined through a process of erasure.

Satellite, oil on wood panel, 2012, 5 x 11 inches

Archetype, 2012, oil on canvas, 24 x 24 inches 

New Profile, 2012, oil on canvas, 11 x 8 inches

Rose Wake, 2012, oil on canvas, 36 x 24 inches

Straits, 2012, oil on wood panel, 24 x 18 inches

Hi Tide, 2012, oil on canvas, 60 x 60 inches

Wash, 2012, oil on canvas, 52 x 48 inches

Fifty Nifty, 2012, oil on canvas, 30 x 15 inches

Archipelago, 2012, oil on canvas, 48 x 36 inches

Magellan's Demise, 2012, oil on canvas, 46 x 42 inches

A Passage, oil on canvas, 2012, 8 x 10 inches

Monrovia, 2012, oil on wood panel, 8 x 6 inches

Toro, 2012, oil on canvas, 44 x 36 inches

Archipelago #2, 2012, oil on canvas, 26 x 34 inches

Criss Cross, 2012, oil on canvas, 9 x 6 inches

The Encounter, oil on canvas, 48 x 36 inches