graphite, ink 2017
Many Latin American countries have illegal gold mining operations happening by the thousands on a daily basis. The people working and in charge of these operations are the lower classes of the countries. These descendants of natives choose to destroy their own forest in order to make enough money to take care of their families, instead of taking the low wage jobs that the country provides for them.In time they begin to see their worth in the gold they dig up.
This piece portrays one of these workers, confined to circles, these circles are arranged in a way to resemble a gold atom. The circles represent the electrons and the shells they are on. The background is an ancient mayan textiles acquired from poetry (no textiles survived from the classic period of the Maya). The textile represents the rich background these people have, though they can only see themselves in the gold they sell to foreign corporations.
The women of El Salvador have endured horrific circumstances. Through out the despair of war and the violence it brings, they have kept our culture, our people alive, even if it meant taking up arms. This piece shows their beauty and grace, adorned with Mayan glyphs representing time, and wearing a traditional dress with the colors of our beloved flag.
conté crayons 2016
We’ve all heard about the gangs of El Salvador, if you haven’t it doesn’t take much, type in the country’s name and boom! Gangs in El Salvador are a direct cause of the United States involvement in the Salvadorian civil war. As a way to make amends, refugees were taken in. Those refugees had no choice but to leave, or endure one of the bloodiest conflicts in the Americas. The children of the refugees had to bind together in order to defend themselves against an inhospitable country, so gangs were formed, in order to survive the living situations assigned to them. Gangs escalated in the streets of L.A. California, and eventually gang members in their late teens and early twenties were deported back to El Salvador, a world all but unknown to them, men and women who barely remember when they were torn away from their homeland.
This piece shows a vulnerable Salvadorian child’s future being silenced by gang culture. The names of the gangs, and their origin make up the attacking mass, while the child built of his ancient culture, the Maya.
Monseñor Oscar Romero ink 2015
Monseñor Romero, who supported the poor during the civil war and is disliked by the upper class will become a saint of the Catholic Church. This idea did not sit well with the wealthy of El Salvador.
The pattern that makes up the positive space of the portrait, are time, and period glyphs from the Maya civilization. This piece gives inspiration and strength, even to those not familiar with this political icon. Representing that time passes and all things must end good or bad.
WE ARE, ARE WE. ink 2015
The Maya believed that butterflies are our ancestors coming back to this realm of life. This design symbolizes all of consciousness that has ever existed. Animal, plant, and matter all organized form a swirling disk. The glyphs are original designs grouped into quarters. Each one is specifically design for that organism. From top left clockwise, animal, plant, bacteria, and fungi. We are all made of star dust.
All too often we refer to the United States of America, as America. Let us all remember that we are America as a whole, beautiful diverse continent full of history, life, and struggle, in the hope of one day standing as one.
watercolors, color pencils, charcoal