From the Artist:
"R. Cigarro, R. Barril " is a collaborative piece combining my "Train Yard" series with Texas Chicana poet Norma E. Cantu. While my work is focusing on the train yard across from my parents house, Norma is basing her experience from memories of her grandfather who worked for Southern Pacific in the same San Antonio train yard.
We both agree on its urban beauty and the historical sentiment for the Mexican immigration and experience. Not only the Mexican work in the train yards but also life in the cargo cars. Independent Mexican and Latin Texan Mexican circuses traveled by way of the train yards. These circuses were called "Carpas" and traveled and lived through the train yards. Thin arts varied from circus arts to social/political vaudeville arts.
This print incorporates the history, and poetry of the Texan train yards. Norma's poem reads as a spiral around the image:
"R cigarro R barril querecio corren los carros del ferro carril ~ waiting for the train lives come to lives~ train follow tracks leading to ends and beginning~ as we come and go from here to there and from there and here~ We know life as a railroad track track leading to ends and beginnings~ R con cigarro R con barril querecio corren los carros del ferro barril~ Coming and going, Lavida es un tien y los pasajeros viajan sig lendo su distino~ Cameron que se duerme se lo lleure la~ The engine hums a lullaby, the reassuring whistle in the night~ R con cigarro R con barril querecio corren los carros del ferro carril."- Norma E. Cantu
Printmaker and painter, Marta Sanchez was born in San Antonio, Texas. She earned a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MFA from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Sanchez is deeply inspired by traditional Mexican folk art ...Read More ⟶