Drawing involves seeing. Seeing is acknowledging. For the past couple of years I’ve been drawing the neighborhoods east of the L.A. River — specifically, East L.A., City Terrace, Boyle Heights, Lincoln Heights and El Sereno. I begin those drawings by acknowledging that these lands are Tongva and have been since time immemorial. I decided to place a landscape drawing on the wall of a handball court. I went in and got to know the players who play there. We spoke, and I was privileged enough to hear their stories. I explained that I wanted to make a drawing on those walls, their walls. The drawing was made with vine charcoal, which erases rather quickly. I wanted the drawing on the handball court wall to change as the game progressed. The drawing did indeed change; certain parts were erased as the ball and sometimes even the players hit that wall. See the full process video by Rafael Cardenas here.
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