The art I make is an expression of what mother earth has provided. The materials I use creates a visual statement about the world we live in today.
From land to canvass. From something organic to something else organic. Since I was a child, we were taught to pick up our trash. National campaigns helped remind us to “not mess” with the land. So many years later I wondered, what does she think of how we’ve treated her? What have we really done to keep the land sacred?
Toro’s art converts items from our collective carelessness — aluminum cans, restaurant take out containers, old newspapers, plastic cups, plastic grocery bags, and on and on and on — into landscapes of our beloved Texas.
We are all connected. Our trash and recyclables are all connected. Our creeks and rivers connect us. His art work uses non-native materials found in Texas creeks and rivers. From a small act of picking up trash has come a new series of artwork for all.