SHORT STORIES curated by Lady Base Gallery through a collaboration with Spare Parts Mini Museum


SHORT STORIES reflects personal tales shaped as portraits from surreal to ethereal and from rasquache to retrospective. Lady Base Gallery presents artists who have never before exhibited artwork this miniature in a museum.

Chris Castillo
Giovanna Carrola
Jenni Cutrer
Celeste De Luna
Dani Dickinson
Jenelle Esparza
Anel Flores
Audrya Flores
Josh T. Franco
Suzy Gonzalez
Shannon Gowen
Antonio Lopez III
Andrew Leo Stansbury
Fabiola Torralba
Rosalynn Warren
Claudia Zapata

Anel I. Flores
BuXa Nerd, 2014
Mixed Media
Gift of the Artist

“BuXa is on a gender travel exploration through our universe.

It was a challenge fitting a Mujer with such a large stature, story and presence in such a small space but when it was all done was a rejuvenating to prove size doesn’t matter to the BuXa.”

Claudia Zapata
Mini Stress, 2013
Pen and Ink on Paper
Gift of the Artist

“This work is a brightly-colored composition of various shapes and sizes. There is a repetitive pattern of movement, eyes and occasional Maya hieroglyphs.

Working small was more challenging due to the fine details.”

Rosalynn Warren
Only she herself, 2014
Mixed Media, Photography, Ink, Paint on Paper
Gift of the Artist

“My portrait is a black and white printed photograph that I took of myself and cut out very closely around my face to focus on the light and dark contrasting areas. It’s layered on top of printed words from a classic short story written in the 1920’s by D.H. Lawrence because the paragraph and words resonate with me, with and without of the context of the story.  The piece is lightly embellished with gold ink and red paint across the words and face.

It felt easy to work this small because I have done it with other mediums such as polymer clay and I enjoy the focus that it brings to my work.”

Josh T. Franco
LlCKable wallpaper or, injun huntin’ in 2D rasquache (How Many Licks Does It Take To Get To The Center Of The Center Of A Racism Pop?), 2013
Tootsie Roll Wrappers and Beeswax on Sheet Aluminum
Loan, Courtesy of the Artist

“The canvas is aluminum, 1/16 inch thick. Little Indian figures shoot bows into a star are arranged in a grid and attached with glue (they are cut from Tootsie Roll wrappers). There is a coat of beeswax over the whole thing (the beeswax smells like honey).

It was a relief to work this small! I think it was good timing. I just finished working on a big piece, so it was fun to come down by working on this. It worked a different part of the brain.”

Jenelle Esparza
Take my hand, 2011
Framed Silver Gelatin Contact Print
Loan, Courtesy of the Artist

“What you see here is a tiny 1×2 inch black and white image of a lady’s glove that is floating in the sky; it was made in the aesthetic of the surrealists from the 1920’s. As there is no hand to fill this glove, it appears deflated. It represents a slightly dreary yet uplifting portrait of femininity and beauty.

As a photographer I found it easy to work with tiny images.”

Audrya Flores
I Still See Bobby’s Face, 2013
Acrylic and Ink on Recycled Paper
Gift of the Artist

“This is a tiny portrait of a young red-headed boy with freckles and mischievous baby blue eyes. He is drawn in scribbles, the way a child would draw.  His name, Bobby, floats above his head.

It was easier for me to work this small because I was able to manipulate my tools and materials with more control than I am able to when I work on a large scale.”

Giovanna Carrola
Ghost Dress, 2014
Fabric and Collage on Paper
Gift of the Artist

“My portrait represents woman. It is made with a delicate fabric showing both soft femininity and female strength in a dress – a symbol of women through generations.

It was more difficult because my piece was actually sewn on a sewing machine.”

Chris Castillo
Potrait of Ken taken when I was 16, 2001-2014
Gelatin Silver Print
Gift of the Artist

“This is a black and white photograph of a Ken doll from the clavicle, neck and shoulder up to the top of the face. His smile is permanent and he is not looking toward the camera. Because his plastic hair and rest of the body are not in the photo, it almost looks like a real person.

It was more difficult to have  compelling image at this scale. What if this photo was life size? How would that change how you interact with it? What if a Ken doll was life size instead of doll size?”

Celeste De Luna
Medusa, 2014
Ink on Paper
Gift of the Artist

“This is a portrait of Medusa, a mythological monstrous woman. She has green eyes and would be considered beautiful if she didn’t have snakes and wings growing from her head. She looks mysterious.

It was difficult for me [to create this artwork] because I’m not used to working on such a small scale.”

Dani Dickson
Cosmonaut, 2014
Acrylic on Canvas
Gift of the Artist

“[Here is] An astronaut floating through a pastel universe, which makes him wonder if everyone sees the same colors…

It was more difficult [working] smaller. [There is] less space for you to be able to express yourself or tell the story of your painting.”

Jenni Cutrer
Swallowtail, 2013
Graphite, Primsacolors, and Water Color on Illustration Board
Gift of the Artist

“It is a portrait of a woman with butterfly wings for ears and she is surrounded by butterflies.

I would say it is about the same [to make art this small], but probably a tad bit easier since I am use to working with very detailed stuff on a small scale.”

Andrew Leo Stansbury
Head Needs Further Explanation, 2014
Pencil, Prismacolors on Paper
Gift of the Artist

“Colorful protrusions explode from the left temple on my decapitated head. This is the same place a baseball bat hit when I was young.

Yes and no [working this small], since it makes me realize I should invest in a magnifying glass.”

13, 14, 15, 16
Antonio López III
Piggy, Chef Sohocki, The General and I, Eighth Birthday, 2013
Colored Bic Pens on Thermal Printer Paper
Loan, Courtesy of the Artist

“These portraits are figurative works that feature people engaged in everyday activities. I have reproduced a selfie I really liked, an old birthday candle blow out, and loved friends.

I found working in this scale was liberating. I worked faster and did not over think.”

Fabiola Torralba
Corazon, 2014
Paper Clay, Sand and Acrylic Paint
Gift of the Artist

“My piece is a model of my heart or at least where my heart belongs; by the ocean, amongst the sand, floating and exposed.

[It was] harder [for me to work this small] but I thought of keeping it simple, making the process easier and direct.”

Suzy Gonzalez
Center Of A Racism, 2014
Markers on Paper
Gift of the Artist

“This portrait illustrates the female gaze, recognizing that, regardless of gender, most of us are guilty of sexual consumption.

I felt like it was easier because [to work smaller]. This is more like the kind of doodle I do in my sketch books rather than works on large canvases.

Shannon Gowen
The Gentleman, 2014
Mixed Media Collage on Paper
Gift of the Artist

“My work is very small and includes a variation of textures and materials. The focal point is of a found portrait of a well-dressed man dated somewhere between the 1940’s and 1960’s. Text, numbers of importance and a carefully placed montage of imagery surrounds the man to tell a story of the past.

It appreciated it more in the end [working in small scale], but I struggled in the beginning wanting to include too many details. A combination of great texture re-occurs in my work and it was hard to decide what elements to use.


Follow SHORT STORIES on the Lady Base Gallery and spare parts Facebook pages closely for SHORT STORIES’ Contemporary Art Month installations.

spare parts founded its MINI ART MUSEUM in 2013 to bring the fine arts museum experience to schools and the community (from ages 6 through adult).

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About Lady Base Gallery:
A site for the artistic practices of Women and the LBGTQ community. It is an experimental initiative supporting the creative practices of those interested in practice-based research within their field and those artistic practices that cross disciplines.

About spare parts:
Main Objective: Connect with various agencies/businesses & provide a steady supply of materials (otherwise thrown away) for the artistic community & educators. This will increase the creative & cultural energy of San Antonio.

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