Self Portrait with Smoking Mirror

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Marcos Raya
Self Portrait with Smoking Mirror
2006 - Mixed Media on Canvas and Wood, 20” x 15”
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Raya’s struggle with substance abuse led to depictions of the drug trade’s effect on the Latino community of Chicago. Among these are portraits of friends who died of their addictions. Other works explore sexual relationships, the mystique of Frida Kahlo, Mexican folklore, the aesthetics of technology, and street life on the South Side.

“Self Portrait with Smoking Mirror” is constructed as an icon. The mirror’s reflection is a robotic, mask-like skull, behind which is a fiery night sky. The handle of the mirror is a part vertebra, part jagged syringe, which says that for Raya death is always present, a demon haunting in the shape of addiction.
Riva Lehrer