artist statement

The memories I have collected from my childhood experiences with family and friends help me create symbolic images. Objects in my work signify a person, a place, a time, or a situation that (I personally) have gone through. I have hidden in my prints “stories” deeply personal (to me) that shaped me into the person I am today.

My prints contain “some sort of vegetation”, which to refer back on my upbringing. My mother was born and raised in Lagos de Moreno, Jalisco, Mexico. My father born and raised in Capulin, Michoacan, Mexico. Both my parents have worked in agriculture for as long as I can remember. My (upbringing and Mexican) cultural background have lead me to experience a special, spiritual, unbreakable bond with my parents. They have shared their stories with me  from when they first came to California in the 70’s (and listening to their struggles had opened my eyes to the amount of opportunities I have here in US).

In my lithographs (and drawings) I “transform” my stories into independent visual metaphors using birds, branches, and small (almost invisible) text. These repeated imageries are intended to give insight into my relationships, (especially with my mom) my unstable childhood, and emotional loving of animals.

As I (sit and) try to recall memories (from my past), I begin to trace back step by step how my relationship with others has affected me. My family members, neighbors, classmates, professors, co-workers and first worthy friendships are sources for my stories (and help create my world).