Self-Portrait: The Journey
Monotype with collage
A few weeks after I was born in Navajoa Mexico my parents adopted me and brought
me to Phoenix. This image contrasts the geographic shapes of two states, Sonora
and Arizona. This is the literal journey of my young life. My adoptive parents
are Mexican-American. Mexican traditions have always been around me, but American
cultural norms were the dominant influence. The focal point of this image
is a torn reproduction of my naturalization certificate. It seems unreal to
me that I was born in Mexico. I find myself contemplating how those torn pieces
of my life fit together. The original journey continues now in reverse.
A portrait of my two cats who greet me every morning. The shapes of the cats
in this monotype look similar to a mountainscape, so I put a sunrise behind
them. I wanted this piece to make people smile and remind them of the unconditional
love they get from their pets.