Beatriz Cortez and Rafa Esparza
Adobe bricks, steel, concrete, hammer, plastic, paper, soil, corn, black beans, cacti (nopal), sorghum (maicillo), amaranth, quinoa, squash (calabacita), chayote (huisquil), chia, chilli pepper (chile), yerba buena, yerba santa, sage (salvia), and silk floss tree (ceiba)
104 x 84 c 96 inches
Why Art Matters!
Torrance Art Museum
June 17-August 12, 2017
Nomad 13 evokes a space capsule holding a garden with diverse indigenous, ancient plants of wholesome nutritional qualities and profound spiritual meaning. In their travels, these sacred sprouting seeds and plants are protected by the xolotl, a dog made of concrete and adobe that evokes the ancient guide of the underworld. This dog, fashioned in the image of a pitbull, is at once feared and loved, a warrior and a protector that guides each traveler moving through unknown territories, through space and time, ensuring the existence of the gardens of the future.