• Ester Hernandez

  • Catherine Wagner

Artists’ Talk: Ester Hernandez & Catherine Wagner

Ester Hernandez talks about her screen prints Sun Mad II and Sun Raid II. These works address issues of migration and the overuse of pesticides and their impact on farmworkers, consumers, and the environment.

Born in California’s San Joaquin Valley to a Mexican/Yaqui farm worker family, Hernandez is a UC Berkeley graduate and an internationally acclaimed San Francisco–based visual artist best known for her depiction of Latina/Native women through her pastels, prints, and installations. Her work reflects social, political, ecological, and spiritual themes.

Catherine Wagner discusses her work The Arctic Circle IV, part of a photographic trilogy in three distinct areas: scientific machines (Frankenstein), the Arctic Circle, and the history of science. As the artist sees them, Arctic Circle landscapes touch at once on the limits and nature of human accountability, social alienation, and even life itself. Over the course of her career, Wagner has observed built environments as a metaphor for how we construe our cultural identities, examining institutions as various as art museums and science labs, the home and Disneyland.

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