Hand-painted ceramic plate
Limited edition of 70
Ballroom Marfa is pleased to offer Messenger, a limited edition of 70 unique, hand-painted plates from Eduardo Sarabia. These irreverent works are a continuation of Sarabia's highly personal and imaginative exploration of narco-culture in the borderlands, immigrant worldviews, and the convoluted pursuit of the American Dream.
Eduardo Sarabia’s work has been inspired by the independent economies and folk history of northern Mexico. He frequently works with the materials favoured by local craftspeople, using ceramic tiles, hand-woven textiles, and glass to create sculptures and installations that address the complex exchanges—social, cultural, and material— that occur when this region and its history encounters outsiders. Without limiting himself to a critique of the “exoticization” of Mexican culture, Sarabia examines the gap separating definitions of taste (and, more bluntly, of legality). Mixing romantic visual narratives in regards to illegal matter, fine arts and commerce, creating an environment that slips between the oneiric and the openly materialistic, Sarabia’s work takes on an important exploration of understanding the physical and human consequences of economic forces.
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