(American, b. 1993)
Image: 35.5 x 50.5 cm (14 x 19 7/8 in.); Sheet: 35.5 x 50.5 cm (14 x 19 7/8 in.); Framed: 53.7 x 69.1 cm (21 1/8 x 27 3/16 in.)
Gift of Margaret and Peter Dobbins 2021.36
State: only state
J. Leigh Garcia teaches printmaking at Kent State University.
In this print, biracial Latinx printmaker J. Leigh Garcia explores her dual identity by focusing on Texan history and immigration. A border patrol truck drags a row of tires behind it, a practice adopted by agents to detect footprints near the border and prosecute those who have attempted to cross into the United States. Garcia draws a parallel between this contemporary practice and the past by featuring a tableau of Mexicans tracked by Texas rangers more than a century earlier within the tires’ path. Flat areas of screenprinted color further blend the images into the landscape, and history to the present.
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