About this piece:
Recuerdo an accordion flag book. All the pages and spine are cyanotype prints.
This book was inspired by an ongoing trial involving the death of a minor and the general local sentiment about the proposed border wall. I was on the Mexico side of the border when I photographed the local art on some of the existing part of the border wall.
My belief from looking at “the walls” of the past is that there is a general disintegration of relationships between the people on either side of these massive walls. Walls are for caging people in or blocking people out. I believe it is important to remember the negative physical and psychological impact of walls. I see this as an effort to remind us build our own humanity not walls.
Much of the art I photographed is a response to the overall border crossing deaths and the specific death of Jose Rodriguez.
The text has been silkscreened onto the cyanotypes.
paper, book cloth
About the artist:
Jo Andersen is a Tucson artist. She is a printmaker, painter and creates artists’ books. From the age of eight to eighteen Jo lived with her family in Columbia and Panama. Andersen’s artwork is intuitive in origin. She often sources dream images and from time spent in reflection of her desert surroundings. Jo received her Bachelor degree in Fine Arts from the University of Arizona. Her work is included in public and private collections in Ireland, Europe and across the United States.