Assemblage with mixed media
13″ x 16″
What constitutes an authentic interpretation of the American Southwest? And how do past artistic visions of this expansive and diverse area of the United States create challenges for the inhabitants who dwell there? My art-making process has been guided by previous artists, photographers, filmmakers, craftsmen, and designers who documented this contested space. I have directly referenced embodiments of Southwestern environments and personalities directly taken from these fine art reproductions, cinematic publicity stills, action figurines, animal sculptures, and dolls in order to draw attention to the problematic cultural, political and sociological tropes that they have generated.