Jess Vanessa 'Entre Espinas Florece Esperanza' 2018 Mixed media installation. Photos: PtD
"Entre Espinas Florece Esperanza" is the mural and installation by Jess Vanessa created for " ¡Americanx!” at the Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery. It was just painted over. Always a fine writer as well as artist, Jess used Facebook to be poetic about her own work. Her words can easily become an artist statement that carries deeper meaning than the usual declaration from an artist. She graciously granted PtD permission for her thoughts to be shared here.
By Jess Vanessa
"Entre Espinas Florece Esperanza" is for the voices fighting to be heard, and the piece was dedicated to all members in our community; the documented and undocumented that make up this nation. They, and we, all have one thing in common; being American.
Our connections are an intricate weaving of people. When we remove a member of our communities it affects all of us and threatens to unravel the very being of an American community. The current issues on going with deportation affects all of us. Our communities should not, will not, allow any more people to undergo such injustices to have a spirit be unraveled.
From these hard times we are like a grain of sand that becomes a pearl; like the cactus growing in the harsh desert heat we will bloom. Like a soon-to-be mother ready to bring new life into this world, there is hope. We carry hope, strength and change for future generations to come.
This piece is dedicated to all the Dreamers, those who have been, and are, undocumented. To those whose families have been torn apart, to our refugees, to our immigrants, and to the children of immigrants. To those who are neither from here, nor from there. I want to thank everyone that sent in photographs, for the support, for being there throughout the whole process, and really being a part of this project. I want to thank non-profit organizations such as Make The Road Nevada for doing so much for our communities and being so warm and welcoming. For those interested in becoming more involved with our community Make the road NV is a great local group providing both aide and information as well as keeping informed with ongoing issues in our valley.
I encourage all to get up and vote!
Thank you! I hope you all enjoyed this piece.
Jess Vanessa is an independent Latinx artist born and raised in Las Vegas. Working primarily In painting, drawing, and paper cutting she explores the multiplicity of Xicano identity, empowerment and cultural practices. She has a BFA from UNLV and currently lives and practices her art in Las Vegas, Nevada.
On behalf of my former MFA colleagues I break from PaintThisDesert protocol of not just sticking up a flyer. The UNLV Department of Art presents another edition of MFA Open Studios on Friday, December 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. From the release:
¡Americanx! art objects frame Green Hornet, a 1970 Schwinn Stingray Bicycle modified by REYMUNDO “STINGREY” MORALES .
All photos by Ed Fuentes
While ¡Americanx! was extended, we are counting down the last days of the exhibition. It closes November 21. Here are a few shots of the first exhibition with works by local Latino/a/x contemporary artists. They are hanging out at the Donna Beam Gallery of Fine Art at UNLV. Call 702-895-3893 for hours. The original press release is below:
LUIS VARELA-RICO Security Blanket
J. ANTONIO GÓMEZ-MORALES Hasta Con Alzheimer’s te Amare 2018 Mixed Media
CHECKO SALGADO CMYQue 2018 Recycled cardboard labels (Foreground).
JESS VANESSA Entre Espinas Florece Esperanza 2018 Mixed media installation (Background).
YASMINA CHAVEZ Untitled 2018 Video
1 Oct. - 21 Nov. 2018.
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