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Agruras, also known as heartburn, are often a discomfort and an early warning sign of a greater illness happening within.

AGRURAS is a series of landscapes and objects done in paper mache. Using the materials to inform the work AGRURAS speaks to topics of identity, nature, spirituality, culture and classism. 

 

Popular culture dictates that for it to be Mexican one must dip it in chamoy, cover it in tajin or add Salsa Valentina. A standard and staple in any Mexican home. 

 

My practice is depiction of a natural process where refined stone-like textures are contrasted and intertwined with the bold flavors of Mexican culture. 

 

I see the Mexican materials breathing life into still landscapes. Using those materials as a means to making the work blatantly Mexican. While in other works it is more subtle, integrated within and below the white landscapes as a symbol of the persistence and integration of my culture within fine art. Yet the work bleeds a conforming Mexican identity. 

 

This body of work is a direct response to the diluted and seemingly digestible versions of Mexican culture. Although widely used and accepted within Mexican communities, these ingredients are damaging in more ways than just physical ailments. The consequences of ingestion can lead to side effects such as pain, discomfort, a burning throat and the degradation of culture. 

 

Tengo agruras...

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