Hernández depicts the markets of her hometown of Mexico City, where the pink canopies cast a rosy glow over vendors’ goods, often cut into sculptural objects for display. She describes stepping into the market, within a bustling city and yet so far removed that it becomes a self-contained world, a privilege to those who exist in that space. Oasis-like, Hernández’s market offers a shift in perspective, where food is an expression of artistry.
Whelan’s work considers the primary role of the land and those who work it. The physical source of our transformative experiences with food, is the place it comes from. Whelan takes particular interest in roadside signs, which, in his interpretation, offer the sensory experience of seasonal produce in color, shape, word, and image. Whelan further examines the agricultural landscape’s limitless possibilities, which are transformed at the will of farmers.
Artist statement written by Ellen York