Ester Hernandez

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Ester Hernandez, La Ofrenda, from the National Chicano Screenprint Taller, 1988-1989, 1988, screenprint on paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Wight Art Gallery, University of California, Los Angeles, 1991.65.3, © 1988, Self-Help Graphics & Art, Inc.

About the Artwork

Using her then partner as a model, Hernandez subtly conveys intimacy between two women: a woman’s hand offers a rose to another female figure whose back is emblazoned with a Virgin of Guadalupe tattoo. In 1991, when this image became the cover of Carla Trujillo’s book Chicana Lesbians: The Girls Our Mothers Warned Us About, it became more widely associated with sexual desire between women.

Acerca de esta obra

Usando a su pareja de entonces como modelo, Hernández transmite sutilmente la intimidad entre dos mujeres: la mano de una mujer le ofrece una rosa a otra figura femenina cuya espalda está decorada con un tatuaje de la Virgen de Guadalupe. En 1991, cuando esta imagen fue elegida para la portada del libro de Carla Trujillo Chicana Lesbians: The Girls Our Mothers Warned Us About, se asoció más ampliamente con el deseo sexual entre mujeres.