Esperanza Cortés


Watercolor, gouache, ink, and rhinestones, over archival print on watercolor paper, framed with mat

17” x 15 1/4” with mat

Signature on front below mat

Here I explore the theme of injustice that is at the roots of the predatory gem and mineral excavation industry. While at a residency in Knoxville, Tennessee, I discovered that Oakridge was only 30 miles away. Oakridge played a key role in the development of the Atom Bomb and the Manhattan Project. I began an exploration and comparison of Uranium and Emeralds. These minerals look very much alike, beautiful but dangerous on their effect on civil conflict.