Michael Menchaca: Vignettes from San Antonio

Artist interview by Patricia Ruiz-Healy, Ph.D.

Vignettes From San Antonio is an exhibition primarily focused on my turn to collage as a method to produce a series of drawings. I wanted to include traditional artworks where my hand was largely present in the works. I maintain a practice of constantly sketching on loose sheets of paper throughout my daily life. I am so used to producing artworks minimizing any evidence of my hand, as in my printmaking work, and I’m at a point right now where I am feeling a necessity to exhibit new kinds of work with entirely new subject matter. I knew I wanted to make personal work for my inaugural show at Ruiz Healy that did not focus on the divisions currently facing our country, which meant shifting the focus from objective analysis of current events and moving towards subjective, very personal and uncharted territory for me.