Art Statement

Recent upheavals between the US/Mexican borders involve issues such as immigration, drug smuggling, human trafficking and various border crossing events with endless political conflicts. I consider these conflicts‘noise’. I grew up in Tijuana, Mexico, where noise is a regular occurrence. I am accustomed to color, chaos, movement, and to a culture of constant migration between the US and Mexico. From early childhood, transmuting and crossing the border became my lifestyle; therefore, I believe that the most prevalent influenced in my art practice is the Southern California migratory Border. 

The southern California US/Mexico border shaped the way I conduct my art practice, since I elaborate on the idea of authority clothing, post-colonial identity and post-Fordism1.

 As a Mexican, I am interested in the blue-collar worker, since most Mexicans immigrants become part of the blue-collar labor force in the US. I am also interested in the system of operations under post-Fordism because is characterized by the feminization of the work force, the implementation of new technologies and the white-collar worker as opposed to the manual labor of the blue-collar worker. 

Southern California post-Fordism is rooted in the burgeoning urbanization of the cities and in the work line production based in the peripheries of Los Angeles area and typically done by women, e.g. craft, jewelry and clothing production. In addition, parallel to the above and sharing the same labor values is the post-Fordism industry inthe peripheries of Tijuana, Mexico, known as Las Maquiladoras2.

My artwork falls under the umbrella of Post-Colonial art, in the way it addresses issues of national identity, ethnicity, and gender practices. 

Commencing with a historical discourse centered on the elaboration of collar-regalia and its relationship with present borderland insignias and the intention of the face-framing costume, collar uniform and post-Fordism line worker costumes.  Often using textiles to create sculptures, because textiles are the material used for face, neck, and collar attires, while being a commodity that originates in global trading and border crossing economies.  

The aim of my art practices is to disseminate the encounter with the face of authority, since is unavoidable upon arrival to a borderland, where authority figures utilize the power of their voice to challenge human mobility and question the reasons for its displacement. 

 

1 Post-Fordism is the dominant system of economic production, consumption and associated socio-economic phenomena, in most industrialized countries since the late 20th century.

2 A factory in Mexico run by a foreign company and exporting its products to the country of that company.


Bio and CV

1

Post

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Fordism

is the dominant system of economic production, consum

ption and associated socio-economic

phenomena, in most industrialized countries since the l

ate 20th century.

2

A factory in Mexico run by a foreign company and exp

orting its products to the country of that company.

1

Post

-

Fordism

is the dominant system of economic production, consum

ption and associated socio-economic

phenomena, in most industrialized countries since the l

ate 20th century.

2

A factory in Mexico run by a foreign company and exp

orting its products to the country of that company.

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