Iron Will, the latest limited edition silk screen print from Margarita Cabrera, features three works in one image: an early soft sculpture replica of Green Iron, a public art work proposal called Iron Will, and a current public art project, Uplift. The original drawing is created with watercolor pencils, acrylic, and ink on paper. The print features beautiful color layering, as well as hand-sewn vinyl and loose hanging threads, which are signature motifs in Cabrera’s sculptural work.
The piece represents the spiritual uplifting flight of cultures, communities, and individuals, and it reflects Cabrera’s interest in exploring the U.S-Mexico border relationship with regard to labor, culture, and violence. Cabrera uses the culturally iconic imagery of La Virgen de Guadalupe and showers the print with a bed of roses representing the story of Juan Diego. Imposing with white vinyl the shape of an iron, the work celebrates the iron will of Latino Communities and their cultural beliefs as they surpass unjust working environments and deal with the violent realities of life along the borders.
Margarita Cabrera was born in 1973 in Monterrey, Mexico. She lived in Mexico City for ten years and then immigrated to the U.S. with her family. She received an MFA from Hunter College in New York, NY. Cabrera currently lives and works in El Paso, TX. Cabrera is the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant and was a finalist for the Texas Prize in 2007. Cabrera is represented by Walter Maciel Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. She first became known for her soft-sculptures of commercial products such as coffeemakers and blenders manufactured at US-owned maquiladoras in Mexico to serve as reminders of the labor involved. Cabrera lives and works in El Paso, Texas.
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