Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Sonia Romero- Piles Art works

Sonia Romero and Frank Romero (father)

This installation of bison skulls is in response to the photo of 1870 which illustrated the massacre of bison by the early settlers trying to respond to the demand for bison pelts.  The massive /excessive slaughter of bison affected the lives of the Plains Indians.  One man is known to kill 20,000 bison on his own.  Buffalo Bill was also involved in the multiple deaths of the bison.  Pelts/hides went from $3-$50 each.  There was great profit considering many men were only earning $1. a day.

1870 Bison Skull photo

Skull pile by a butcher

Sonia Romero is a Los Angeles based artist who comes from a legacy of artists.  Her father is a well respected and prolific Los Angeles artist in addition to her mother Nancy.  Also her grandmother is owner of the Craft and Folk Art Museum of which Sonia is a participant.

The "piles" artwork has to do with Romero's response to our society's excessive waste of materials, food, and animals.  She speaks of our over-consumption and absence or little regard for the bounty/ and abundance our country provides for its citizens.  Her art is designed to create awareness and a hope for people to more conservative with what we purchase and consume.

The bees are also symbolic of community and diligence for a united goal of protecting their home (beehive/ queen bee) and production of nourishment.

Took a 3-D pile of bee to a local supermarket to display art in non-gallery settings and also to campaign for her cause of over-consumption and the protection of the bee populations that are diminishing. (No bees/no life/human or otherwise)

1. What is your visceral reaction to seeing the pile of bison skulls from the l870 photo?  Have you ever seen piles of animal carcasses or other piles of wasted food/garbage etc.?

2. Why do you think Romero is concerned about our society's abuse of food and other products?  What is the need to portray this concern in her artwork?

3. Art can be used for political statements.  All art is political.  The art an artist produces is his/hers own opinion about a personal experience or influence.  How can an artist influence a society's perspective/lifestyle and improve their well-being? (hint: use the relationship of Romero's artwork in the supermarket)

Aurelio of Camplittle (2010) 6 panels, 2500 zipper tabs per panel, gel med,acrylic paint
Sandra Vista

Close up of Aurelio of Camplittle

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