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Posted on: November 8th, 2018 by Luis Fragoso | No Comments


Oil on Canvas – 18″ x 24″
April, 2015


A work with several meanings. The Praying Mantis takes the form here of both Predator and Prey. In his hands is an Emerald, within the Emerald is a Miner, who himself also represents Predator and Prey. Miners, especially in Colombia and throughout South America, are terribly exploited, and the majority are indigenous, but the work they do is also an exploitation of nature, represented by both the Emerald and the Praying Mantis. To the sides of the Mantis are her exposed eggs, in silver, one of the most coveted elements on this continent, and especially exploited in the atrocious mines of Bolivia. I myself visited a silver mine in Potosi, Bolivia to a depth of more than 100 meters, which is only a small glimpse into the terrible work these exploited miners are forced to do.

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