"The work I’m doing now for my Master’s degree in Art is centered on the issue of corruption in my home country. I grew up with it and was used to it, but now that I live here, I realize that it’s something that needs to be addressed. A lot of people tell me I shouldn’t talk about it, that I’m giving Mexico a bad image, that I should only talk about the beautiful things in my country, but I don’t agree. I think it’s a betrayal NOT to talk about it. The installation piece I’m working on now is a series of ceramic heads that represent reporters who have been killed for speaking about the situation in Mexico. Threads the colors of the Mexican flag lace their mouths closed and silence them. Bullets hang beneath each of the heads, and on the bullets are images of murdered reporters. Murder, corruption, and kidnappings are everyday concerns there; you can get killed for exposing them. Although I have dual citizenship, my extended family lives in Mexico, so I still have many ties there, and I care about what happens in that country. When there is violence, it’s not just another attack to dismiss. It affects real people and changes their lives. I am on this side of the border now, I’m in a safe zone, and I have to speak out about it."
(While in the USA, thoughts of Mexico; while in Mexico, thoughts of the USA)
(in recognition of the 43 students who disappeared in southern Mexico in 2014)