Fence

In this series I explore non-representational portraits of border citizens while continuing to use natural materials with the addition of fencing. These unconventional life size forms are constructed using chicken wire, silk flowers, spice filled plastic bags, and safety pins. These materials reference Mexican American identity, border trafficking, and question stability along the border region. Along the perimeter of the forms are halos created from the looping of the safety pins and by layering of screen mesh to add value and line work, similar to a drawing. The halos allude to the iconography of Our Lady of Guadalupe who can be found along the border region in public and private spaces. She is honored as a symbol of nationalism, hope, and protection. Together these ephemeral materials express a feeling of being “caught in between” and communicate how border citizens are defined by a liminal space