Details:

This textile work, created by hand-stitching felt onto velvet, depicts a pair of hands grabbing a crop of corn next to a cartoon caricature of an old man. Cabrera Rubio's practice explores the impact of applied sciences on the popular imagination—this work's title and iconography suggest narratives of hegemony and global food production in the Western hemisphere.
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① Artwork:

The Grain That Built A Hemisphere

This textile piece, created by hand-stitching felt onto velvet, depicts a pair of Brown hands grabbing a crop of corn. The action of the hands is ambiguous, suggesting either stewardship of a food source or an attack on a supply chain. On the yellow background, a cartoon caricature of an old man reaches out for a helping hand. Cabrera Rubio's work examines the historical production and distribution of images by mass media—particularly through animation. The title suggests narratives of hegemony and global food production in the Western hemisphere. Cabrera Rubio's practice is interested in the impact of applied sciences on the popular imagination.

Specs:

34.6 inches
25.7 inches
1.5 inches
25.7 inches

③ Artist:

Wendy Cabrera Rubio

Wendy Cabrera Rubio's textile and performance art crosses boundaries—between high and low culture, image and object, and narration and action. Her work examines mass culture’s production and distribution of images, especially by animation and caricature. Through a process that includes interdisciplinary collaborations and rewriting the archive, Cabrera explores the resurgence of the extreme right alongside the rise of biotechnology and the Pan-American project.

Wendy Cabrera Rubio:
The Grain That Built A Hemisphere, 2020
Hand-stitched synthetic felt, on velvet, on stretcher
25.7 × 34.6 × 1.5 inches /