Being an individual who lives in the US and Mexico border, my artwork tends to focus on the social, emotional, and political struggles from my unique region. I specifically focus more on the Mexican side of the border because I’ve lived there all my life up until 2 years ago when I finally moved into the US permanently. Because of the latter, I found this theme appropriate to express the current emotions and views I’m going through in my transition of adapting in the States. Being unfortunately used to the increased violence and mishappenings I lived through my teenage years up until now, I find myself out of place in States where everyone seems to worry about 1st world problems. Once again, I question myself, what is normal? What is my reality? What can I do to cope with loss and nostalgia?
Originally, the sketchbook was going to include only buildings and objects that I grew fond of after a decade of walking the same path to cross the border back and forth for over a decade. However, as I began to work, it began to take a life of its own and guided me to use a different approach to my art style and subjects. The result is a sketchbook filled with people and events that have marked my soul and mind; it reflects what I left behind in Mexico.
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