artworks > Sgraffito

I cut white marks into black surfaces with a knife. Called sgraffito, my drawing method originated in 13th century German wall decoration, and later was used to embellish ceramics in 16th century Italy.

My focus is Ciudad Juarez. In this city one sees fiction in action, even an hour is time enough to blend truth with myth. I have traveled to sites of recent executions, photo-documented known “death houses” where members of the Juarez cartel have tortured, murdered and buried fellow citizens. To the west of Juarez I have visited an asylum for the city’s disinherited. This makeshift refuge is the distillate of the city and houses some 115 souls.

I have been to the Juarez morgue, witnessed the autopsy of a young man fresh from his execution, wandered among the unidentified corpses in the freezers, seen the guns and bullets and maggots and broken instruments of torture pulled from shallow graves.

Puesto
sgraffito drawing with acrylic ink and gesso on panel
diptych: each panel is 18 x 24 inches
2014
Babylon
sgraffito drawing with acrylic ink
36 x 24 inches
2014
Reasons for Leaving
sgraffito drawing on panel
18 x 24 inches
2012
Charles Bowden's imerative
sgraffito drawing with acrylic ink on panel
11 x 14 inches
2012
Levantado
sgraffito drawing on panel
18 x 24 inches
2012
This is not a meth lab
sgraffito drawing with acrylic ink on panel
20 x 16 inches
2012
birdsong
sgraffito drawing with acrylic ink on panel
20 x 16 inches
2012
U.S. Route 71
sgraffito with acrylic on panel
24 x 36
2012
Necessary Tools
Sgraffito drawing on panel
36x24 inches
2010
Altar Parsioneros
Sgraffito drawing on panel
42x64 inches
2010
Gorge
sgraffito with acrylic on panel
36x24 inches
2007
Death of a Virgin
sgraffito drawing on panel
24x36 inches
2008
Death of the Suitor
sgraffito drawing on panel
60x40 inches
2007
Departing Memory
sgraffito drawing on panel
24x36 inches
2007
Five Blind Men
sgraffito drawing on panel
36x24 inches
2007
Orion
sgraffito drawing on panel
11x14 inches
2010
Feast
sgraffito drawing on panel
24x18 inches
2008
Pieta
sgraffito drawing on panel
24x36 inches
2007
Reach
sgraffito drawing on panel
18x24 inches
2009
Camp
sgraffito drawing on panel
12x30 inches (diptych)
2008
Test Boy
sgraffito with acrylic on panel
48x24 inches (diptych)
2007
Transfusion II
sgraffito drawing on panel
16x20 inches
2009
Decapitacion Humana
sgraffito drawing on panel
46x25 inches (diptych)
2009
Gun + Smoke
sgraffito drawing on panel
12x30 inches (diptych)
2007
Monitor
sgraffito drawing on panel
14x11 inches
2007
Snare
sgraffito drawing on panel
14x11 inches
2006
Via Dolorosa
sgraffito drawing on panel
14x11 inches
2005
Atlas
sgraffito drawing on panel
20x16 inches
2006
Butchers
sgraffito drawing on panel
24x18 inches
2010
Eden
sgraffito drawing on panel
12x30 inches (diptych)
2009
Experiment II
sgraffito drawing on panel
14x11 inches
2007
Industry
sgraffito drawing on panel
14x11 inches
2010
Inferno
sgraffito drawing on panel
20x16 inches
2007
Injection
sgraffito drawing on panel
14x11 inches
2010
Menudo para la cruda
sgraffito drawing on panel
24x18 inches
2008
Fire
sgraffito drawing on panel
36x24 inches
2007
Trick
sgraffito drawing on panel
24x18 inches
2006
Spit
sgraffito drawing on panel
24x27 inches (diptych)
2007
Barber Surgeon
sgraffito drawing on panel
24x18 inches
2007
Grant
sgraffito drawing on panel
24x18 inches
2005
Discount
sgraffito drawing on panel
60x40 inches
2006
Exodus
sgraffito drawing on panel
20x16 inches
2008
Trace
sgraffito with acrylic on panel
24x18 inches
2009
Trephining
sgraffito drawing on panel
11x14 inches
2008