In this piece, I take the idea of GPS navigation and exercise tracking through virtually travels from my current address in Chicago to the address of his home and birth place, Acambaro, GTO Mexico. Due to my legal status, I have not been able to visit Acambaro. Through these techniques, concepts, and by receiving dirt from my home in Acambaro, I attempt to portray the idea of blurring borders.
Marks (Cutting Boards), 2016
Intaglio prints on stonehenge paper
In this diptych, I use my paper cutting board and my father’s meat cutting board as matrixes for intaglio prints. The amount of knife marks on my father’s butcher’s cutting board, a profession my father has had since he was six-years-old in Acambaro, represents all of his hard work to support our family. My cutting board, that I use in his studio, also represents the hard work I am going through to support myself as an undocumented student.
Migrating After Our Migration, 2016
Wood block embossment on stonehenge paper
12 ½” x 9 ½”
I often communicate displacement in location and identity through my work. In doing so I have created a “roll call” of all the houses my family and I have lived in. Starting from my home in Acambaro, Guanajuato Mexico, two homes in Pilsen Chicago, and my current home in the Southwest side of Chicago. Each location is charged with significant memories, events, and benchmarks that have shaped me as a person.