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Humberto Saenz | Artist Statement
humberto saenz printmaking prints lithography intaglio etching woodcut serigraphy screen print lithograph
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My art aims to empower the viewer with knowledge about immigration issues which have affected and segregated Mexican immigrant communities. The immigration issue within the political consciousness has fragmented the voice of the American culture to one of dissent and superiority. The issues that interest me within this strife are tradition, politics, and the immigrant struggle. My imagery depicts issues, which affect the community through the appropriation of mythological stories, and contemporary immigrant issues. Within my imagery the piñata is a signifier of the Mexican culture and the Mexican immigrants. The piñatafication of the figures represents the objectification of minorities and points to the loss of culture, identity, and the division of disenfranchised immigrant communities.