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Daniel A Vasquez
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Sunset Park



ARTIST STATEMENT: My works on paper consisting of drawings and printmaking come from my investigation of communicative forms of ancient and bygone civilizations. Because drawing and printing are recognized forms and vehicles of communication, they serve for me an essential and often a preparatory step in my artistic practice. In producing my designs and abstractions for my woodblock prints, Iím greatly inspired and influenced by patterns and designs of Tribal Arts from Africa, Oceania and Southeast Asia among other indigenous cultures; as they offer historical and anthropological insight into extinct language forms. In a good portion of my work, the wood medium serves as another source of inspiration. After I have my desired drawings on paper to work from as loose guides, I carve out my designs and images onto discarded wood before printing onto paper. I deliberately choose discarded wood to allow for unexpected nuances and imperfect elements to surface onto my work, helping to individualize each work, but more importantly, providing a visually tactile quality to my works that allows for broad readings from my viewers. In addition, the wood grain character of my prints carries with it historical markings and recordings that signify a loss and rediscovery of a new identity through language.
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