Bananaman, Ecuador, Quichua Descendant
- Custom Clay, Glaze, Decals
- 12" x 21" x 35"
"Bananaman weeps because he is too weak to continue working on Dole’s plantations from exposure to toxic pesticides and fertilizers. He weeps for his 10-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter who must work alongside him to survive. Today, wholesale suppliers fuel child labor by paying poverty wages to farm workers throughout Central and South America."
- Karen Jaimes
As shown in the photographs, the right banana peel was repaired by the artist with epoxy glue.
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Karen Jaimes is a Latina artist who was raised single-handedly by her Salvadoran mother in downtown Yonkers, NY, which was an impoverished concrete jungle in the 80s and 90s. Many of her peers were first generation students whose parents emigrated to the city due to instability in their homeland. As the daughter of a Civil War refugee, Karen navigated two cultures and languages in a multicultural city. The non-profit art programs at nearby museums, a loving community of matriarchs, and the well-rounded curriculum of Manhattanville College led her to value arts education, social justice, and community outreach. KJ is an artist-activist-educator who sculpts clay to address sociopolitical issues and question the systems in place. The transhistorical and transcultural nature of clay makes it the perfect material for metaphor.
Karen holds a MFA in ceramics from SUNY New Paltz and a BFA from Manhattanville College with a minor in political science. She is an enthusiastic ceramics teacher who enjoys sharing her knowledge of clay’s vast properties that span across many fields, including anthropology, geology, and chemistry.
Her sculptures have been exhibited in the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, the Katonah Museum of Art, the Barrett Art Center and the Dorsky Museum of Art among others.