Real Space Invader

“Alien abduction” (2022), prickly pear ink on paper, 8×6 inches. The first alien abduction took place in 1492 when Christopher Columbus kidnapped the indigenous people and brought them back to his Old World.

NopalFrom Nahuatl nohpalli (Spanish common name Prickly pear cactus, Commonly called the prickly pear cactus in English) was important in Mexican culture even before the land was named Mexico. The story of the origin of the Aztec Empire is one of the earliest and still visible references to Nopal. Mexica, a proper name for the Aztecs and named after Mexico, was originally a nomad. When one of their gods, Huizilopochitri, saw an eagle sitting on Nopal, who devoured snakes, it told them that it would signal where they had to settle. rice field.Mexica did this and built the great city of Tenochtitlan, Now known as Mexico City, it means “land where thorny pears grow from rocks.”

As a symbol of ancient indigenous people, Nopal survived the conquest and is represented in the center of the modern Mexican flag. Another cultural Nopal reference is the general Mexican expression.con el nopal en frente(Translated in English as “with a cactus on the forehead”) is historically a sneaky remark to those who have apparently indigenous characteristics but claim only Spanish heritage. Is being spoken. Modern artists, scholars and cultural creators have accepted and overturned the term to declare and enhance their indigenous identities.

“Alien Robot” (2022), prickly pear ink on paper, 8×6 inches. I always thought that the conqueror’s armor was like a robot. Here we depict this strange and deadly alien robot on the coast of Mexico. Leonardo da Vinci designed a tank-like war machine during the Renaissance. I rented this saucer-type machine and thought it would be suitable here as an invading alien spacecraft.

Nopal Beyond the geopolitical border, it has long existed north of what we now know as the US-Mexico border. From southern Mexico to what is today called the Southwestern United States, people use Nopal and its fruits in their daily lives. After removing the thorns, Nopal’s green pads are a common food that can be eaten in the areas where they grow. I love salads chopped with tomatoes, onions, jalapenos and olive oil. My wife has eggs in the morning and likes them. When my parents were New Mexico kids, they made jam from tuna, blood-red fruits that sprout from the top of menstrual pads. These prickly pear cacti are oval and have thorns. Carefully peeled tuna is hard and small, but sweetened with edible seeds.

In southern Mexico, Nopal is home to the famous cochineal scale insect, which produces red dyes that had a global impact on commerce, wealth and fashion during the Spanish colonial era. Cochineal scale insects are not commonly found this far north of New Mexico, so I started a painstaking attempt to make ink from tuna. When I tried the prickly pear cactus fruit, I noticed that it was unstable and photosensitive when used as an ink. It’s no wonder that the cochineal scale insect was a red global game changer. My “Tintadetuna The paintings may fade, but the experience of learning and creating with this historically important cactus remains with me.

“Alien species” (2022), prickly pear ink on paper, 8×6 inches. Cattle are one of the exotic species often associated with genuine “American” culture, especially in the southwest. Here we are drawing an alien species, in contrast to the indigenous prickly pear cactus used to create this series of drawings.

For the past year, as an artist at Roswell’s residence, I of course had to make art about aliens. I decided to use experiments with nopal tuna pigments to take a new perspective on the term “foreigner” that the U.S. government uses to identify foreigners who do not have the proper immigration status. I decided. By using the same definition of the word “alien” in combination with the satirical context of extraterrestrial life, aliens are not only genuine, but actually arrived, invaded, and conquered these lands. You can conclude. Colonists like Christopher Columbus and invaders like Hernán Cortés weren’t really from this “new world” that made them aliens.

With this theme in mind, I needed to understand the mode of creation. I’m looking for ways to create different ideas with meaningful materials and methods to enhance and follow project ideas. I’m using an indigenous perspective to look at the alien colonies, so I thought I should paint with something unique to the area. Fortunately, I found a giant Nopal cactus growing near the Roswell Residency compound, which had a giant purple tuna crowning the top of the cactus pad. I chose some foods to eat, discovered how juice stains my hands, and immediately thought, “I have to make ink from them.” After a lot of “scientific” trial and error, I was reminded of the “ink” I still understand, the lilac ink of this series of alien drawings.

“Chupacabra” (2022), prickly pear ink on paper, 8×6 inches. Usually related to Latin American folklore, the perspective is rearranged to create a version of Chupacabra south of the border. A satirical view of neocolonialism as capitalist aliens enjoy happy hour sucking resources from Latin America.

When I was studying Chicano studies at the University of New Mexico, my professor likened Spain’s conquest of Mexico to HG Well’s famous science fiction novel. World war — An advanced alien army that invades and conquers the world. From some perspective, this is exactly what happened to the indigenous peoples of the Americas. These Space Invaders weren’t from space, but actually invaded the space and the space it was already occupied.

From this point of view, I started to create satirical science fiction images of colonization. For example, I placed a Spanish galleon in the air like a spaceship instead of on the water and kidnapped the natives with a tractor beam. The irony of so many UFO and alien encounters “outside the west” reflects the real alien invaders who “explored” and colonized the “west of America.” Another iconic ship of colonization is the covered wagon. It depicts descending from a flying saucer and disembarking towards the iconic western landscape of Juniper. These little humorous paintings hopefully point to one of America’s greatest hypocrisy. Indigenous peoples have been conquered by aliens and are now made to feel aliens on their lands.

“Final Frontier” (2022), prickly pear ink on paper, 6×8 inches. The increasingly westward invaders of the United States were alien space invaders who did not necessarily invade outer space, but nevertheless invaded someone’s space.

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