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Ana Castro

Patchogue, or rather Pochaug, comes from the Algonquin language from the Unkechaug tribe. Its meaning describes a turning point or where two streams separate. 

 

Prior to creating, researching about Patchogue was essential. Each work derives from a map of Patchogue from 1807, 1888, and 2020 through a woodblock print. The works vary from drawing, digital collage, watercolors, writing, and the burning of an artwork. I lived in Patchogue for 22 years and I grew up knowing it as a mediocre town. However, growing up as a Hispanic in a predominantly Caucasian community left me questioning my cultural identity and my community. Within these works, I am trying to find a home within my home.

Ana Castro graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Art History at Stony Brook University. She is pursuing a Master degree in Art Education at CUNY Queens College. Her work focuses on exploring memories conceptually and realistically through printmaking and photography. 

She has shown her work at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Long Island, Gallery North, and various NYC galleries. She participates as a teacher for Gallery North’s summer art program for children, ArtVentures. She currently volunteers at the Patchogue Arts Council Gallery and Gallery North’s Community Art Center. 

 

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Antes, 2020. 

Woodblock print, ink drawing, & digital collage on kitakata paper; 14"x17"

Disperse, 2020.
Woodblock print, Mango leaf paper, ink drawing, & digital collage on handmade paper; 14”x17”

Key, 2020.

Woodblock print on drawing paper, 14”x17”
 

Pochaug: where 2

streams separate, 2020.

Woodblock print, ink drawing, & digital collage on handmade paper; 14”x17”

Tension, 2020.

Woodblock print on drawing paper, 14”x17”

Patchogue – Then & Now, 2020.

Woodblock print, ink drawing, & digital collage on handmade paper; 14”x17”

Uncertainty, 2020.

Woodblock print, ink drawing, & digital collage on kitakata paper; 14”x17”
 

Routine, 2020.

Woodblock print and digital collage on drawing paper, 14”x17”
 

Traffic, 2020.

Woodblock print and watercolors on masa paper, 14”x17”
 

All images courtesy of the artist.

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