Ramiro Gomez: ‘Silvia waiting for her check’ (toon)

silviawaiting640Artist Ramiro Gomez — whose work aims to make visible the usually-invisible immigrant laborers who keep Los Angeles running — writes:

Painting directly on the magazine is therapeutic for me to express the brief moments in life I see at the end of a long work day in private households.

I ask myself many questions without answers, and let myself feel the weight of what I see. There is definitely anger at the purposeful omission of those who maintain the luxury being sold in the magazine, but an angry protest will only receive an angry response.

I am whispering. Sometimes a quiet image can be louder than words.

Here’s the full version of Silvia waiting for her check (9″ x 11″ acrylic on magazine — click to enlarge):