Andrew Ortíz
I am currently working on a series of images investigating issues of ethnicity and cultural heritage. My intent is to visually explore and comment on my identity as a construct of both an American upbringing and my Mexican roots. The body of work is meant to question the process of the creation of cultural and personal identity through a series of images that juxtapose symbols of my ancestral heritage with icons from my everyday life.

In many of the images I use symbolic imagery such as mirrors, masks, Meso-American art and architectural elements, Mayan and Aztec iconography, religious items and other natural materials to illustrate how I am affected and enriched by my heritage. I also use personal imagery, like my parents' green cards and photographs of myself and other family members to bring a personal feeling to the work.

The images are visual representations of my thoughts on my heritage and my role as a Mexican-American today.