Darkroom: A Memoir in Black & White is primarily about immigration and race, but also about a shy girl who arrives in America knowing no English. She grows up in a house where Argentine culture is kept alive through food, music, and letters from the home country.
I’m that shy young girl. For me, the cultural clash was short-lived, as I adapted to the language and customs of our new home in the U.S.—WITH ONE IMPORTANT EXCEPTION: I never could swallow the racial attitudes of the Deep South. My discomfort with segregationist views grew as the Civil Rights Movement gained momentum and eventually encroached upon our lives through controversy, violence, and the urgent need to take a stand. This is the central story related in Darkroom.
Darkroom contains over 500 individual drawings. I often used a digital collage method to layer images and text.
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Here are some sample pages that demonstrate my technique and offer previews of the content. Click on images for a magnified view.