“I have always had in mind to work with images that illustrate time and the many different steps involved in the tradition of cigar making.”
The finely layered images, inspired by the artist’s multiple visits to tobacco fields in the Dominican Republic, both capture the time consuming process of cigar making and references the artist’s native Caribbean culture. One of the most persistent images throughout her prints is the image of the tobacco leaf, especially the complexity of its natural design.
Quisqueya Henriquez also used the Rorschach technique to create a visual field of depth and establish an interactive relationship with the cigar and her pattern designs. Each work in the edition is composed of three or more superimposed photographic impressions of tobacco leaves. Each layer has a slightly different hue, and each allows for a degree of transparency.
Although color manipulation is quite prevalent in some works, the natural color and texture of the tobacco leaf can still be apprehended in the abstract compositions. The final pattern is based on the use of metallic colors inspired by the cigar’s relationship with luxury and beauty.