Banana Republics, 2020, Custom clays, 3D printed porcelain head, stained glass, solder, lamp, is ^6 ox., H. 12.25, W. 14, D. 14 inches. Homage to the indigenous men, women, and children of Ecuador, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Colombia who were/are exploited on banana plantations.
Hazardous to Immigrant Health, 2020. Red earthenware, glaze, decals, stained glass, solder, LED lamp, fired to ^04 and ^017, H. 11.5, W. 11, D. 13.5 inches. Unrestricted use of pesticides, fungicides, chemical fertilizers, etc. are sprayed directly over workers in the fields, exposing these vulnerable human beings to over 42 known carcinogens, neurotoxins, endocrine disruptors, and sterilizing ingredients.
Chemical Warfare, 2020, Red earthenware, glaze, decals, fired to ^04 and ^017, H. 6, W. 15, D. 8.25 inches. Bayer AG was one of the 6 companies that merged to form IG Farben, the chemical company that supplied the Nazis with Zyklon B, a lethal pesticide. Today, Bayer produces toxic agricultural chemical pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and growth enhancers which poison vulnerable migrant farm workers. These undocumented workers are sprayed by crop dusting planes along with the crops. The chemicals migrate into municipal waterways, which poison millions of Americans. The chemical warfare on the 'other' and on unsuspecting citizens persists.
Land Theft, 2020, Red earthenware with glaze, decals, stained glass, solder, LED light fixture, fired to ^04 and ^017, H. 6.5, W. 13, D. 11 inches. Altar to the exploited people of Abiayala (the Americas).
US Intervention in Latin America, 2020, Red earthenware, glaze, metal oxides, oxidation ^04, H.6.5, W. 12.5, D. 8.5 inches. US gun manufacturers continue to fuel instability throughout Latin America by supplying guns through licit and illicit weapon sales across the border. Right-wing military dictatorships in Latin America have been supported by the US government since the creation of the US Army School of the Americas in 1946, known today as The Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation in Fort Benning, Georgia.
Big Ag loves Fast Ca$h, 2020, Red earthenware, glaze, lab glass test tubes, ^04 ox., H. 7, W. 13, D. 10 inches.
Bananaman, Ecuador, Quichua descendant, 2020, Custom clays, glaze, decals, ^6 and ^017 ox., H. 12.5, W. 22, D. 37.5 inches. Bananaman weeps for he is too weak to continue working on Dole’s plantations from exposure to toxic pesticides. He weeps for his ten year old son and twelve year old daughter who continue to work for the wealthy landowners in order to eat. Dole, like many large agricultural corporations, uses harmful chemicals to maintain monocultures that attract pests. According to the New York Times journalist Juan Forero, Dole, Del Monte, and wholesale suppliers such as Costo and Wal-Mart, fuel child labor by setting the unfair prices they’re willing to pay. Adults and children who work on these plantations are exposed to a slew of toxic chemicals and ultimately pay the price with their health.