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Lo rojo sigue fresco

 

The red is still fresh is composed of visual representations depicting traumatic events that shape the world around me. As a Mexican American, I use my identity, culture, and traditions as a potent form of inspiration. Through the materiality of paint, I try to capture the essence of an image referencing personal and public events. I explore abstract and representational ideas to bring forth the immediacy of issues regarding war, trauma, and loss. Whether political, social, or personal: the objects, images, and events depicted become conduits for obsessive ideas. 

The work generated is made out of adoration towards my family and the love of my people. By embracing these subjects, I allow a visual representation to symbolize the human condition we live in and the issues we face collectively. These paintings not only acknowledge current events, but also allow for each object, image, or event to continue having a presence not only today but also in the future.

 

Todo se desvio

It all deviated is focusing on the idea of revelation. The image I used for the painting is of a landfill located in Cocula, Mexico, the presumed location where many victims of the drug war are dumped and burned. The citizens of Mexico are haunted by these tragic deaths and this location because it is speculated that this is the final resting place of the 43 missing Iguala students. As a result of these events I made this painting that is explicit in content but can represent the hope these Mexican families have of finding their loved ones.

 

La recibimos en préstamo

It is borrowed is a memorial for the 72 victims of the mass killing in San Fernando, Tamaulipas, Mexico, which took place on August 24, 2010. With this event in mind and a rigorous process, 72 paint skins were made to represent and commemorate the shirts worn by each individual on the day of their massacre. Following the theme of accumulated debris, I placed all the skins on top of each other alluding to the quantity of lives taken.

 

Fue por la nauseabunda mezcla de dolor y odio

Due to the nauseating mix of pain and hate was executed to be as visceral as the image it is referencing. Due to the everlasting Mexican war on drugs, I decided this image became a symbol for those victims who had no voice. The image becomes a representation of what continues to haunt Mexico’s citizens. This painting is not only an experience due to it’s execution, but is ultimately fact.