Thursday, February 14, 2008

Senora 1
Video about migration in Mexico. She answers questions about the changing culture in her small pueblo due to increased migration.

Senor 1
A video about migration and how it affects the small towns in Mexico.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Weaving in Mexico is considered a form of art. It is ingrained in the society and revered for the talent it takes to master such a skill. I enjoy weaving and incorporate it in my work. The notion of weaving symbolizes the integration of two separate cultures coming to together to make one. For Mexico and the U.S. this is the future. I want to convey the sense of intricate beauty and harmony that we experience when we take the time to admire our woven landscape of cultures.

Monday, February 11, 2008

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There you will be able to see a gallery of photographs taken by Mexican migrant workers documenting their travel from Ohio back to Morelia, Mexico.


Monday, February 04, 2008

These pieces stem from my incurable fascination with the act of weaving. It was something I remember doing all the time when I was little. I would cut up anything I could and create something else, something new by combining the cuts. Before I traveled to Mexico I created some photographs that combined imagery. This was a technique I was using to illustrate the idea of two images becoming one. While in Mexico I became friends with a woman who made tortillas and woven rugs for men to take out to the fields when they went to work. She was amazing and had a spirit that radiated pride. She had hands that were beautiful. They showed the signs of age and of all the mats she has woven over the years. She took time to show me her skill and teach me in a patient way how to do it. She gave me gifts when I left, some hats and some material to practice with.
I took what she taught me to heart and I created a piece combining photography and raffia. The intricately woven piece demonstrates the combining of worlds and of thoughts. The combination of culture.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Artist Statement

A cultural convergence is happening between Mexico and America. The combination of traditions and language is evident in every town from north to south. Weaving of culture and ideas is a way of visualizing the notion of transculturalism, the movement of culture over borders and over time. The origins of Mexican migrant customs in America lie in agriculture and manifest in the social and physical landscape of both nations. The resulting hybridity of cultures creates an intricate, woven layer in my mind.
I live in a community where the nearest grocery store is a Mexican Super-Mart. There is a taqueria on the corner of my block and the landscapers who mow my lawn are all from Morelia, Mexico. I have become an observer and participant of this weave of people and ideas resulting in a fluidity and resilience of cultural meaning that becomes imprinted on society through migratory immigrants from Mexico.
This series of work incorporates photographic and video imagery that represents social movement, exchange, migration and the subtle scenes of life weaving in and out of our consciousness. These images reveal the emerging cultural impacts of migrant workers in American and Mexican societies whileconsidering nationalism, territories, and belonging. It is a documentation of those who are changing American life influenced by the ideas of transculturalism and transnationalism that exist in the American and Mexican landscape.

These pieces are from my series on the migrant workers from Lynd's Apple Farm. The decomposed apples hanging from strings are actual apples given to me from migrant workers in the orchards where I was documenting their work. I feel these particular apples are worth more than they are perceived in daily life. They should be treasured and admired for the hard work that was put into acquiring them from the trees and placing them at the public's fingertips. They should be a reminder of the labor value that we place on agricultural workers. They should be a reminder of your own consumer ethics. To think about where the food you eat comes from with every bite.

This photo is a visual example of the 'American' lifestyle that so many migrants choose to lead once returning to Mexico. While driving toward Morelia I saw this patio set for sale at the end of a long driveway. It was near the road and caught my attention because nothing else was around for miles, and the bright colored flags lining the rim of the tent were swaying heavily in the wind. I pulled over to get a closer look. It was an older looking glider and small table for sale. It struck as another example of the way migrant workers bring back with them not only their own culture, but pieces of American culture as well.
The older, more traditional style of architecture of Mexican homes don't have porches or a patio in the back for the patio glider.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

This work is based on the ideologies that are being constructed in the media about the potential convergence of Mexican and American cultures. The words on the signs are a mixture of two words. They were taken straight from the mouths of Glenn Beck and Lou Dobbs themselves. They are spoke by those men in media in a negative and looming doom kind of manner. "What will happen when our America becomes Mexamerica?" These concerns are turned in on themselves in this work. I create a banner with these 'bad' words on them in order to welcome the new world of two cultures. With golden apples lining the pieces, I hope to bring to mind the idea of a world where if ignored and pushed away will result in increased prices due to a lack of workers. Also to represent the importance of the work that migrant workers do and the increased value of their contribution to our society.