About Ana Laura de la Garza's

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REPRODUCTION: What can I learn about how this reproduction is different from the original artwork?

The image on the computer is a digitized image. The original print is 22" wide x 30" high, executed on thick, acid-free paper. The thickness of the ink is visible in the original monoprint.

CONDITION: What can I determine about the condition of the artwork?

The monoprint is in excellent condition.

SUBJECT MATTER: What can I determine about what the artwork depicts, if anything?

The monoprint depicts an auburn-haired, young woman dressed in a party or a bridesmaid's gown. The gown is white and not sharply detailed, the most prominent aspect being a bow on the left arm that resembles a butterfly. The young woman is wearing a stylized veil as if participating in a wedding and she has a hairpiece consisting of six red roses including petals. She also carries a large bouquet of roses, and her left hand, with long red finger nails, touches one of the roses in the bouquet. Ten of these bouquet roses appear in the monoprint, with the sense being conveyed that there are additional roses outside of the space of the print. The monoprint itself contains a frame that has been integrated into the composition that features red roses and rose petals depicted against a dark background. The young woman's skin is white and blends in with her gown. However, her lips are grotesquely exaggerated and depicted in bright red. An earring in the shape of a teardrop hangs from her right ear.

TOOLS, MATERIALS, AND PROCESSES: What can I learn about how the artwork was made?

A monoprint is the result of a printing process that is not easily repeatable because it requires artistic intervention between prints. Producing multiple prints can not be done routinely because artistic decisions and input need to be made for each print. Ana Laura de la Garza made her monoprint by applying ink to a smooth metal plate, placing paper over the inked surface, and applying pressure. Because the plate itself was not permanently altered in the processes, only one print was made. The artist used several colors of ink at a time in making the monoprint.

SENSORY ELEMENTS: What visual elements do I see?

The monoprint appears to depict a parody of a formal photograph of an important occasion such as a wedding. The formality of the composition is conveyed by the fact that the composition includes both the image of the young woman as well as the frame in which that image has been placed. The parody is conveyed by the insistent use of red roses throughout the composition and by the enlargement of the young woman's full, red lips to the point that they resemble one of those roses. A very strong contrast is established between, on the one hand, the white gown, the woman's white skin, and the white background, and, on the other hand, the rose-red lips of the woman, her auburn hair, the assortment of roses in her hair and which she holds, and the frame which again features roses against an auburn background.

FORMAL ORGANIZATION: How do the elements in the artwork work together?

The most striking element is the contrast between, on the one hand, the bland and almost formless elements of the woman's gown, the skin of her torso and most of her head, and uniform background, all of which are white with a few pastel tones, and, on the other hand, the prominent, enlarged red lips, the woman's hair, the various arrays of roses, and the frame itself, that emerge prominently from the creamy base. The frame is composed of sharp vertical and horizontal lines, however, the roses, both as depicted on the frame and inside the composition (as hair piece and bouquet) are insistently circular in nature. The young woman's head and upper torso take the shape of a major triangular composition, using both straight lines (for example in the depiction of the open veil) and undulating, scalloped lines, as in the depiction of the hair. Set against this major triangular form, is a minor one in the form of the young woman's left hand which rests on one of the roses in the bouquet. The young woman's eyes are also prominent. They are almond shaped but the pupils dominate, again emerging as strong circles from a creamy background.

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