Accordion Player close up
I like to think of images in layers of black, white and neutral. First stages of accordion player and the outline of Europe.
Adding the oceans
Here I began to struggle with the composition and decided that the continents could not be exactly positioned in their correct places for the sake of balancing the composition.
Texas, Mexico and small icons
Adding map details while also keeping trying to keep it strong visually.
Cyril Damian, an organist, invented the accordion in Austria in 1829. Italian manufacturers such as Hoehner went into production a few decades later.
carving for the hands
As the maps were taking shape, I began to start carving the linoleum blocks so that I could print the features of the accordion player
A new musical instrument piece
While living in Guanajuato, Mexico I started to create a new piece about a guitar-like instrument called the vihuela
The vihuela coming with the Spanish to the New World
The vihuela as it looked from Spain on the right and as it took shape in Mexico during the mariachi period starting in the 1920's
Map of Mexico. i changed the position of the horse to represent Spain, horses, vihuela coming to New World
Origen of the word mariachi
Mariachis were named from the French word "mariage" during the French occupation of Mexico because they often played for weddings