Perhaps the best characterization of this project and, indeed, the entire print shop at Washington University, is found in the words of Maryanne Ellison Simmons, the master printer with whom Sanchez worked on this visit. When the work was finished, she wrote to him, "As ever, this has been a wonderfully complicated project. Weve worked hard When we rest up, lets do it again!"(1) Such enthusiasm permeated the shop beginning at the top and filtering down. The fearless attitude of tackling each difficult project supplied the necessary ingredient for successfully producing unique works of art with the stamp of Island Press. Sol y Flores Para Liora is the combination of a photolithograph, collagraph, collage, and hand painting on handmade paper, proving that nothing is done the "easy" way in St. Louis.
Curator and Chair of the Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
Brooklyn Museum of Art
1 Maryanne Ellison Simmons to Juan Sanchez, February 23, 1997, Island Press Archives, Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.