Familias Separadas: Inspiration
As an artist working in communities, I believe it is important that we hold these experiences with care, and that we offer moments of healing through the creative process.
I see myself and my family reflected in the many communities that I work with. I also understand that when I rise they rise with me.
We are living in a time where we have an administration that supports white supremacy, hate, and racism. And as we tear down these monuments, both the physical and symbolic monuments, I'm dedicated to building new monuments than honor and elevate the people that are continuing to fight for freedom.
Stories are powerful, especially within the context that they're told or represented. And, in my practice, i ask myself 'how do I begin to shift power structures? How do I utilize my privilege, skills, and resources as a way of providing opportunities to others? How can I support them to have the courage to share their stories, especially in spaces where they're not represented?'
When I come to this work, in all these different settings, it's not just finding the connections of our humanity, but it's understanding how I can utilize the creative process to amplify and elevate others' voices through the platform of public space in the most authentic way that I can.
As a child of immigrants, a product of two people who experienced extreme poverty and migrated to this country for a better opportunity, I carry their triumphs and struggles with me.
When I rise, they rise with me.
My perspective as an ally is not the same as someone who is directly affected by the issue that I am exploring in my work.
Stories are powerful, especially within the context that they are told or represented.
I intentionally place my art in public space to say, 'We are here. We have been here. And this is what we contribute to our society and to this country.'
I see my work as an artist as cultural currency that I used to invest back into the communities I connect with.
I intentionally place my art in public space to say 'we are here, we have been here, and this is what we contribute to our society, and to our country'.
As a child of immigrants, a product of two people who had experienced extreme poverty and migrated to this country for a better opportunity, I carry their triumphs and struggles with me.