The border between the US and Mexico is a physical and psychological
barrier beginning at the Pacific Ocean, snaking through the desert
southwest and ending in the Gulf of Mexico. Borderland, the zone
existing near the frontier, is a place of messy vitality resulting from the
collision of cultures living within its boundaries. To live in the
borderland is to live at the end of the country, the last place before
another place starts.
This body of work was created on the northern side of the border
where the human tide flows and contradictions abound. I traveled the border in search of cultural phenomena and found that the border is but an idea, a negotiation between people taking sides. With this work, I was drawn to the margins of towns and edges of deserts in search of the border’s vernacular character.
I moved from town to town as an anonymous visitor and met people who wanted to escape, to disappear, managing to find comfort in the
harshness of the desert. As I wandered about this region I always had a sixth sense of Mexico. Down south, the line is vague with families and traditions straddling both worlds; the line is infused with the frontier
traditions of guns and bibles struggling to reconcile with the Feast of
Guadalupe and Día de los Muertos. In an era where fear makes policy, an impenetrable fence is being built to stop the northern flow, but fences are full of doors when dreams move people.
Color is an essential component of this series. The Borderland has a
rich cultural palate that informs the work as it defines society and place. The Hispanic world reveals itself to me in vibrant, saturated hues while
the Anglo world expresses itself in the muted tones of the earth. The
desert, with its simple clean lines, became my minimalist muse, transfixing with
its pale green plants, deep blue skies and primal dark nights
This work is intended to reveal the unseen border with photographs
communicate the human longing for home and cultural identity. These
are meant to challenge the viewer to imagine truths beyond the
issue of immigration.
These images are meant to challenge the viewer to imagine truths beyond the simplified issue of immigration.