My work weaves between the recurring themes of a conflicted relation to my imprisoned Mexican father, my rural United States upbringing, and the human body as a social and cultural signifier. Inspired by encounters in daily life, I transform personal and shared references reconfigured into playful juxtapositions. Using a variety of media, I create imagery and objects that are uncanny combinations of fact and fiction. My studio practice relies on a balance of experimentation, intuition, and hybrid languages of representation and abstraction to express varying degrees of specificity and atmosphere. While borrowing methods of surrealism, I hope to complicate the work’s overlap between the real and the fantastic. My work aims to confront notions of belonging, alienation, and humility to better understand the social nuances of membership in the United States today.

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