Resist/Assata (2022)


Melanie Cervantes
18" x 12"
Pink paper: 2-Color Handmade Screen Print, 100lb/270gsm acid-free Astrobright paper, Printed in my kitchen, San Leandro, CA 2022, Open Edition

White paper with Neon Orange Ink on white paper: 18" x 12"
2-Color Handmade Screen Print, Cougar 270gsm/100lb Digital Smooth archival paper, San Leandro, CA 2020, Open Edition

The quote is from Assata Shakur is from her "To My People" address and has been popularized as a movement invocation throughout the US but having gained great momentum in Bay Area circles.

These prints were inspired by the work of Sister Corita Kent as well as the massive mobilizations of people in cities all across the US protesting Ban #1 at airports. I saw an exhibit of her work in Portland and loved the electric color palette and the heavy use of text. Alot of Kent's work is about her Catholicism and some of her work about political struggles of the time. She was heavily influenced by Pop Art.

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