Riding the Fence, Pulling the Trigger

This is her home
this thin edge of
barbwire.
-Gloria E. AnzaldĂșa

This work explores the intersection of place and identity, emerging from my own experience of growing up geographically, culturally, and ethnically mixed. Raised between a reserved Midwestern household in Minnesota and a close-knit Latino family in New Mexico, the diversity of family traditions, visual heritage, and vernacular landscapes of these two environments is undeniable. I am interested in the spot of convergence, the inbetween place where my own identity has been crafted from dissimilar places of origin.

Riding the Fence, Pulling the Trigger digs into this physical and psychological inbetween space through a series of hand-made objects, found materials and borrowed text. This project appropriates the craft of my parents (a gunsmith and a quilter) to recombine familial knowledge as a way of transgressing the boundaries of tradition and experimenting with new interpretations of mark-making. A shotgun used as a drawing tool, an inverted landmark carved from a dead cottonwood, and a patchwork textile map all exist in the space between delicate and aggressive, familiar and foreign, functional and useless.