The ® or “registered trademark” symbol, suggests that the artist is aware that he is using another’s identity for his own artistic purpose.
A fabric with an ornate European-style botanical design embroidered with the artist’s initials is paired with a frontal portrait of an individual of indigenous heritage. Gonzalez Palma, who is a mix of European and indigenous heritage, has written that in his early portraits “the countenance served as a mirror in which I looked at myself, wondered and searched for meaning.”
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