“El Dorado” alludes to the journey illegal aliens make to reach the “golden cities” of the U.S. as the explorer Coronado searched for the fabled seven golden cities of Cibola in the southwest . The routes traveled by immigrants are stitched and embroidered on quilted maps.
81” x 52” x 11” fabric, embroidery, maps, wood, beads
Milagros, small metal religious charms found in many countries of Latin America, are often pinned to crosses or carried for protection or good luck. This cross is covered with milagros and metal photo transfers picturing the trials of immigrants crossing the border and creating a new life in the US.
80” x 32” x 11” wood, photo transfers, metal
“Crossing” is an homage to the hundreds of illegal aliens who die crossing the Mexican-US border every year. The majority perish from dehydration along the Arizona border, hence the use of Arizona Tea cans.
84” x 54” x 11” aluminum cans, wood, nails
This triptych documents the treacherous journey of illegal immigrants traveling through Mexico by train, crossing the border, and being apprehended in Arizona by the notorious sheriff Arpaio. Silkscreened on the background are facts about poverty in Latin America, some of the names of the thousands who have died crossing the border, and Arizona’s anti-immigration law SB 1070.
42” x 22” x 1/4" hand dyed fabric, embroidery, applique, silkscreen