Artist Statement

Artist Statement

My work deals with the effects felt by those with a parent or parents in prison.  I draw from personal experience and this has allowed me to connect to family members who have gone through similar struggles.  Over time they have shared intimate details of the events that have shaped their lives.  Along with this deep-rooted knowledge, I conduct informal interviews as well as research to create and support this social narrative.  Some themes include communicating through prison walls, maintaining relationships, intergenerational incarceration, gun violence, gangs, and drug abuse.  I also touch on breaking the cycle, unconditional love, humanity, the separation of family, and telling a side of the story that people are unaware of, or are insensitive to.

 Printmaking is a traditional medium adopted by both Mexican and Chicano artists/activists.  It allows communication to a large audience through the production of multiples. I continue this tradition by making large-scale woodcuts that act as modern broadsides.  With the woodcut technique I’m taking something hard and rigid, and transforming it into something beautiful. These are qualities that my subjects share as well. It is a tough subject brought into a different light.  With that said, my goal is to unify the street world and the fine art world by putting some images up in the street so that it’s in context, while also making pieces for the gallery.