Butterflies and Rams
Inkjet Transfer on BFK Rives, 2018
My art is an exploration of identity and environment as well as a documentation of the border culture unique to the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) where I grew up. Border culture exists both in identifiable geographic areas and as a perceived and sacred internal space that visually and linguistically blends cultural experience and identity. Although this “blending” is sometimes viewed as negative, forceful, oppressive and/or stemming from colonialism, my experience is that while the combination is full of complexity and paradox, it is also beautiful. This fragmented cultural fusion is a visual account of my hybrid border identity.