In my multi-media installations I tackle issues of race, identity, and gender using the visual tropes of celebration. My work is informed by the politics of the U.S/Mexico border, the events that happen on it and the transnational narratives that arise after crossing it. Drawing inspiration from the material culture of the border, my life as a first generation Latinx artist, and my parents’ experience as immigrants in the 1970s, my work examines how uncertainty is covered with a veneer of celebration.
I employ confection, industrial materials, and American iconography such as the board game CandyLand, as a conceptual framework to juxtapose the borderlands of the U.S./Mexico. My built worlds are adorned with rapacious iconography of colonial rococo aesthetics and gendered toys to interrogate the meaning of “status.”
The industrial materials and frosting piped across medias address the generations of gendered familial labor in baking, construction, and factories of candy production. The spaces in the Candy Lands of my work relate to immigrant’s Utopian visions of the American Dream. The smell, decoration, and consumerist iconography in my work serve to critique the glut of violence at the border and beyond.