Denim Heirlooms

Visual Works Concerning  Ghosts, Texas, and Dreams

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A Biography in Three Chapters

I. Autonomous/Anonymous


(Unit)ed, Untied

For the Three in a Father's Photograph 

manually stitched image as denim heirloom  

3’x 3’

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Backside of (Unit)ed, Untied

manually stitched heirloom

memorializing a photograph


3"x 3"

From left to right:

a family friend, my great grandfather,

and grandfather


circa 1960, from father's archive

3"x 3"

II. He was Once 'Miguel'


Heads and Tails (Tales)

My Grandfather’s Green Card

manually stitched denim 

3’x 3’


III. A People's Play

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Death of a Myth

My Grandfather’s Retablo Stage

denim heirloom, quilted with a cathedral window pattern

3.5’x 5’

my grandfather, little caballero


circa 1965,

from father's archive

3"x 3"


Death of a Myth (Pants for Walking Man)

white paint and denim from El Paso. manually sewn retablo and handmade jeans 

3.5’x 5’


Pants for Walking Man

handmade jeans with embossed cathedral pattern 

2’x 4’



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I. Janky Jeans (Genes)


El Paso Street Texas Exes

Jeans for all those Texas Exes

repurposed jeans from El Paso's Salvation Army adorned with hand-shaped patches  

2’x 3’

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Source Material from Texas Ave. 

sun-bleached signs from El Paso 

screenshots from Google Maps

digital works

II. Waive, Waving, Wavering


A Waving Flag Wavers

Pleated denim relief referencing Italian Futurism 

seamed denim, jeans sourced from El Paso's Salvation Army  

2’x 3’

III. Rough Riding Rodeo


'Bunting' Flag (Two Definitions of the Verb)

referencing records from the Tri-State Fair & Rodeo circa 1983

oil on cut canvas  

2’x 3’

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Man-Made Myth

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I. Genesis Story

Honky-tonk Donkey

If a Horse Walked into a Bar...

repurposed jean collage  

6’x 5’

II. Denim George (Brother of the Velvet Elvis)


Wall of Feigned Fame

Three Singing Buckaroos 

oil on canvas images finished with handmade fringe  

5’x 9’


Livin' on Love, A Lot About Livin'

And a Little 'bout Love

oil on canvas encircled by handmade denim fringe  

3’x 5’

The Cowboy Rides Away

George Strai(gh)t

oil on canvas encircled by handmade denim fringe   

3’x 5’


How Do you Like me Now?

oil on canvas images surrounded by handmade denim frame 

3’x 5’

III. WPA Works

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Under the Same Sky 

Reconstituted details from Texas WPA Mural


paint and manually-stiched thread on denim 

various sizes under 8"x6"

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Detail from Early Texans, 

Nicholas Lyon 

courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum 

11’x 28’

Encore: Portent of a New Season

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 Cowboy Already (Always) Away

A potential direction for Spring of 2020

manual stitch on painted canvas with a handmade denim border

11’x 8’

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